President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, to review the list of boards of federal government’s agencies which offered appointments to dead people.
The Punch reports that the review is meant to ascertain all nominees that need replacement.
The newspaper states that the inauguration of the living appointees by the relevant ministers is expected to be put on hold while the review of the list takes effect.
A senior media aide to the president, Garba Shehu, on Thursday, December 4, confirmed the president’s directive for a review of the entire list.
He told the Punch on the telephone that those tasked with the reviewing the list had gone far in their assignment and would soon present their report to the president.
He explained that those who have left the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) but were included in the list would also be removed.
“The entire list is being scrutinised all over again. They have gone very far and they will be reporting to the President very soon,” Garba Shehu said.
“Even after the list was published, one nominee died. They need to take a second look at the entire list.
“There were also complaints about some persons who had left the party but made the list. We are looking at those ones too with a view to replacing them.”
“This list is a historical list. It dates back to 2015. The President asked all the state chapters of the APC to forward 50 names for appointments to the SGF through the national headquarters of the party.
“The then SGF, Babachir Lawal, presented the report in October 2016, one year after he was commissioned.
“The report was disputed by some state governors who said they were not carried along or the list was not representative enough.
“So, the President constituted a new panel chaired by the Vice-President. The panel has 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. The President had his health challenges during that period.
“Now that he is back and strong, he asked the SGF to go and release the list. So, the new SGF did what he was asked to do. There is nothing scandalous or extraordinary about what has happened.
“If a list was compiled like over two years ago, obviously some people would have died. Nobody can stop that from happening.
“Whoever is dead will be replaced. There is nothing extraordinary about it.”