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APPOINTMENTS FOR DEAD MEN: Sagay says Buhari’s critics are senseless, stupid



APPOINTMENTS FOR DEAD MEN: Sagay says Buhari’s critics are senseless, stupid

Nigerians criticising President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing about eight dead men into federal boards and parastatals have been branded as senseless, stupid and idle minds.

The chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Itse Sagay, gave this description in an interview with Daily Independent.

Following the inclusion of names of about nine dead men in the recent appointments, comprising 209 board chairmen and 1,258 board members by President Buhari, many Nigerians have continued to criticise the Federal Government.

While some described the development as embarrassing, several of them accused Buhari of alleged incompetence and tardiness.

The list according to some reports, were said to have also contained names of ex-convicts appointed into a private firm’s board and a government agency whose board members ordinarily should be elected by law.

But apparently sad with the criticisms, Sagay said, “The way I see these comments coming in over the list, it is like Nigerians are looking for something to quarrel about.

“A list containing so many names under preparations for that length of time should not surprise anyone that some of them had died as at the time the announcement was made two years later.

“To see that list and begin to quarrel about it seems to me a level of senselessness that I cannot imagine. I regard their attitude as collective stupidity and evidence of idleness of mind.”

He went further to describe Buhari’s critics over the list as “Lilliputians” who dwell too much on insignificant issues.

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The Presidency had during the week explained that names of dead men were included in the list because it was initially compiled in 2015 and was not reviewed due to delays beyond its control.

The argument was however punctured by some critics, who wondered how the name of one of the appointees, Herman Hembe, a former Nigerian lawmaker who was only sacked by the Supreme Court in September 2017, could find its way into the list if it was compiled in 2015.

One of the dead men whose name made the list is Francis Opozo. He died in 2016 but was appointed chairman of the Nigerian Press Council.

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