President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) of Nigeria has allegedly appointed the sixth dead person – Tobias Chukwuemeka Okwuru – into government office. He was appointed in the Federal Character Commission, FCC. Before his death at the age of 59, Okwuru represented Ezza south/Ikwo federal constituency.
This comes after PMB had appointed five dead persons in 2017, namely, Francis Okpozo, a senator in the second republic; Donald Ugbaja, a retired deputy inspector-general of police; Ahmed Bunza, sole administrator of Jega local government area of Kebbi state, Christopher Utov, a former proprietor of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko; and Kabir Umar, a former emir of Katagum in Bauchi state,
Yesterday, Okwuru was named as a member of the board of the FCC, two months after he passed on. He was chosen alongside 37 others. The appointees will be chaired by Dr Farida Dankaka.
Lauretta Onochie, PMB’s assistant on social media denies the story thus: “Hon Tobias Chukwuemeka Okwuru was very much alive when President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as the Ebonyi State Member in the Federal Character Commission. He even came to update his CV, in readiness for the appointment after the Senate screening. When he sadly passed away while waiting for the screening by the Senate, that information was not communicated to the Federal Government. His remains are not yet buried. May his soul rest in peace.”
After the clarification, many Nigerians did not buy her story claiming why did the Presidency keeps tabs on the appointees.