Buhari appoints visually challenged man as special assistant

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a visually impaired veterinary doctor, Samuel Inalegwu Ode Ankeli as his Senior Special Assistant, with responsibility for handling matters concerning persons living with disability.

Mr. Ankeli headed the Directorate of Persons With Disability at the Buhari/Osinbajo APC presidential campaign headquarters, the first of any such department in a political party in Nigeria.

“He led a team that successfully mobilized a large number of the more that 24 million disabled persons in the country to support the APC candidate and his running mate in the 2015 presidential election campaign,” a statement by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said.

Mr. Ankeli hails from Benue State. He went to school in Giwa, near Zaria and Kaduna before reading veterinary medicine at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

He worked with the Benue State government before quitting to give time to his activist role in the promotion of the wellbeing of the blind and people with all kinds of disability.

He leads a very active religious and sporting life.

He is married, with children.


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  • MI

    Right and very encouraging appointment, that will focus / cater relentlessly to the need of our citizens.

  • JayM

    Very thoughtful appointment. Kudos to PMB

    • Otile


  • favourtalk

    That is very reminding and very good thought from the president. He shows that he is a leader that is inclusive. God bless the president

    • George

      This bokoharahuari is even more challenging than that man so Buhari should have keep that appointment for himself

  • 9ja deserves better dan Buhari

    Liars that he hired a blind Vet is a plus but to lie that he mobilized over 24m disabled persons in the north to vote for Buhari is too scary for comfort-if APC does not have plans for turning the economy around is it for the blind that they would have a clear sustainable vision? I begi

  • Otile

    Even if Buhari gets a crippled leper from Malumfashi and make him the Minister of Sports, his minions and praise singers will praise him to high heavens showing him as a kind man who cares for everybody. Minions will go further to blame Jonathan for not offering lepers jobs where they can mingle with people.

    • Peter_Edo

      elitist mindset is for the morally and socially bankrupt…

      • Julius

        Thank you sir ! Nuff said !!

      • Otile

        Yeah, but all the high marks Imam is getting for this bane appoint is from his usual praise singers. How come non of the minions have pointed out how appointing the blind man is going to do Nigeria any good.

        • Peter_Edo

          Maybe you are daft. the person you are talking about was the head of the people with disability wing of the PMB campaign, contributing immensely and mobilizing the votes of Nigerians with disabilities. maybe you don’t know that people with disabilities can vote, pele, sorry. but they can. and hence he has been given a mandate AGAIN within his field. he is now an SSA to PMB on people with disabilities. now please tell me who better to handle such a sensitive ministry than someone who has suffered from a disability and the prejudices from useless and bereft people like (you)? abeg go baff!!!

  • Enemona

    Thumbs up Mr President. This is very heartwarming and touching. It’s really not a favour, it has to be done, everybody has to be thought of and represented. Well done sir!