Ebun Francis || The presidency on Saturday responded to the confusion over the inclusion of dead people among 1,468 Nigerians President Muhammadu Buhari appointed into the boards of agencies and parastatals.
The inclusion which topped the list of trending topics in the social media on Saturday provided ammunition to opponents of the APC lead government who saw the development as an indication that government has lost its bearing.
The Presidency has, however, downplayed the mix up, insisting that there was nothing to worry about over the released list.
Responding to the development, Garba Shehu, the Presidential spokesman explained the mix up by stating that, “the list has a history.”
Shehu said, “In 2015, Mr. President requested all state chapters of the party to submit names of 50 party members for board appointments.”
According to him, ”The names were compiled by the national secretariat of the APC and forwarded to the then secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir Lawal”.
“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”.
“The president’s trips for medical attention slowed down completion of the process,” he said, until when Mr. Buhari decided to revisit the matter recently.
“The current SGF was only directed to complete that process by releasing the list which he apparently did without altering it,” Mr. Shehu explained.
Mr. Shehu admitted that errors were committed but added that “no human undertaking can be free of mistakes”.
He said the errors identified with the list were not enough to describe the exercise as scandalous, insisting that “there is no scandal”.
Shehu said that the government will correct every error noticed in the list.