Reasons President Muhammadu Buhari included the names of dead men in new 1468 appointments into the boards of agencies and parastatals is revealed.
Spokesperson Shehu Garba provided reasons for the development insisting there is nothing scandalous about it.
Speaking with Premium Times NG, Garba stated that “the list has a history”.
And provided insight “In 2015, Mr. President requested all state chapters of the party to submit names of 50 party members for board appointments,”
He revealed further that the names were drawn up by the national secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress and sent to the Babachir Lawal, who was the Secretary to the Secretary to the state government at the time.
“However, complaint arose from some governors who felt they were not carried along in the process. To answer this, the president constituted a committee under the vice president to review and reflect the interest of the governors”. Shehu provided further insight.
The President reportedly took ill during this period and action was stalled on the report of the committee oversaw by the Vice President Shehu revealed and added that the’’ president’s trips for medical attention slowed down completion of the process,” till he revisited the matter recently.
“The current SGF was only directed to complete that process by releasing the list which he apparently did without altering it,” Shehu disclosed the reason for the scandalous inclusions of ‘’dead men’’ – including one the presidency sent a condolence letter to the family.
The ‘’dead men’’ passed away in the course of the hitches suffered before releasing of the list.
The spokesperson however explained away the presidential bungle with “no human undertaking can be free of mistakes”.
Insisting the ‘’error’’ does not in any way take away from the credibility of the list, Shehu stated emphatically “there is no scandal”.
The presidential spokesperson disclosed the mistakes in the list attracting controversy all about town would be corrected.