President Muhammad Buhari’s appointment list for agencies and parastatals was marred with controversies after it was revealed that some of the nominated people were dead.
Senator Francis Okpozo who was appointed as Chairman of the Nigerian Press Council, was among three deceased people given appointments.
Okpozo, a Senator in the Second Republic, died on December 16, 2016.
His widow who said the name of her late husband on the list was a surprise to her added that she would not pick offence over the development. She acknowledged the appointment of one of her sons, Harrison Okpozo, as member of Board of National Commission for Museums and Monuments, and urged President Buhari to consider any member of the Okpozo’s family to replace her late husband.
“I want to tell Mr. President that my husband that he gave appointment is no longer alive. To be frank, if not for my husband, he would not have got the votes he got in Delta State during his primaries, and the main election he tried even though he was starved of funds.
“During the President’s inauguration, my husband was in Abuja. When the President was away attending to his health, my husband fell sick. I appeal to the President to consider any other person from the family to take the place of my late husband.
“I am not picking any offence at all because as a President, he cannot know everything about everybody in the whole country. Maybe he had delegated the thing (selection) to some people to do and they did not consult but just published it (list). But I commend Buhari for remembering my son.”