SERAP, Ezekwesili, others react to Buhari's controversial board appointments

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In a statement signed by its deputy director, Timothy Adewale, SERAP said appointing at least eight dead people as board members would seem to suggest that the 1,467 appointments approved by the president were unscreened for competence and merit. Francis Okposo, as Chairman of the Press Council.

Admitting that the country went through a lot of social and economic challenges in 2017, Ajimobi, however, assured that the novel programmes and policies of the Federal Government would bring the needed succour to the people in 2018. He died in December 2016 and President Buhari had sent a letter of condolence to the family.

"The president also appointed Chief Donald Ugbaja as a Member of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC)".

Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the history of the list, saying that it was prepared before President Muhammadu Buhari took ill and was released by the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha without any adjustment.

According to him, while these appointments represent a substantial number of hitherto pending board appointments, some more appointments are still being processed and will be released in due course.

Speaking with journalists on Saturday, Shehu said the list dates back to 2015 when Buhari asked the state chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to forward names for appointments.

The Presidency maintained that the appearance of dead persons names was a mistake, which would be corrected.

"The president's trips for medical attention slowed down completion of the process", he said.

A source told Daily Trust on Sunday that the controversial list contains over 60 percent of the initial nominations by the Babachir Lawal-led committee despite protest of some governors and party bigwigs.

He added: "However, complaint arose from some governors who felt they were not carried along in the process". A statement by the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Taiwo Olatunbosun, also praised the President for considering members worthy of these appointments.

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