Nigeria Appoints Three Dead People, Duplicate Names As Board Members

Raise Your Both Hands If Nothing Can Ever Surprise You In Nigeria Politics

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria is increasingly being known for ridiculousness. Just when it looked like they are recovering from the mixed reactions that trailed their president’s son show-off of fuel with motorbike during fuel scarcity that halted economic activities in the country’s festive period (an act that had his head crashed), his father appoints three dead people (One of them he commiserated with the family and friends when he died) and duplicated some names as the country’s new board chairmen.


In a document obtained and made public my Premium Times, President Muhammed Buhari appointed Late Francis Okpozo, believed to be the second republic senator that died in 2016 as chairman of the Press Council, Late Donald Ugbaja, former deputy inspector general of police who died in November 2017 as board member of consumer council while Late Christopher Utov, a Catholic priest from Benue that died in March 2017 was appointed board member Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research Corporation.

In the same vein, few persons were appointed into more than one board. Sabo Nanano was appointed a member of the board of National Agency for Science and Engineering, NASENI and also appointed as chairman of the board of Nigeria Tourism Development NTDC. Kabiru Matazu was appointed chairman FCT Universal Education Board and also to chair the board of Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta. Also, Habiba Umar was appointed on the board of Federal Medical Centre, Yola as well as Federal Medical Centre, Birnin-Kebbi while Umaymah Abdullahi was named on the board of Lake Chad Research Institute and Federal Medical Centre Sokoto.

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Does this not belongs to WTF news? No other place to file this kind of news. Although a source close to the president told premium times that the list was compiled in 2015, it is silly that both the presidency and the SGF could not ensure diligence to at least ensure a sane list of Nigeria’ board members after waiting too long to release the list.

But 2017 has seen Nigeria totally shatter the glass ceiling of appropriateness in the entertainment industry and they’re just really stretching the limits of human stupidity in politics. It’s no surprise this is coming from Nigerian government 


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Henry I. Ugwu

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Henry I. Ugwu is a writer, opinion journalist, media scholar, social media strategist and crisis management expert.

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