The Nigerian Presidency has responded to the shock and disappointment that greeted the release of its list of appointees as chairmen and members of boards.
In its opinion, there is nothing “scandalous or extraordinary’’ in the inclusion of deceased persons on the list which was released on Friday.
Here is the official Aso Rock response as presented on Saturday by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in an interview with newsmen in Abuja:
- The list is a “historical list” prepared over two years ago by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. There was no way they could have stopped some of those on the list from dying between then and now.
- The government started compiling the list in 2015 when the “President asked all state chapters of the APC to forward 50 names for appointments to the SGF through the national headquarters of the party.”
- However when the former SGF presented the list in October 2016, state governors opposed it, saying they were not carried along and that the list was not representative enough.
- So, according to Shehu, “the president constituted a new panel chaired by the Vice President. The panel had some governors and some leaders of the party as members. They were asked to go and review the list. The panel did its work and turned in its report early in 2017.”
- Unfortunately, that was when Pres. Buhari took ill so everything had to wait for his return.
- The president recently decided to revisit the matter, and simply asked the new SGF to release the names.
Summary: No apologies offered. It’s not a scandal in the eyes of the presidency.
However: Shehu said all those confirmed dead would be replaced. Simple
The president approved the constitution of the Governing Boards of Agencies and Parastatals, under some Ministries.
The controversial list was made up of 209 Chairmen and 1,258 members.