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Tune in tomorrow for President Buhari's New Year Address

Tune in tomorrow for President Buhari's New Year Address

Ex-aviation minister, Chief Olufemi Fani Kayode has attacked President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing a late Senator as the chairman of the Nigerian Press Council.

The President also "hopes that all who mourn Senator Okpozo will carry forward his legacy of unwavering dedication to the unity of Nigeria, even as the nation would fondly remember his contributions to peace, development and justice in the Niger Delta".

According to the organization, "Taking partisan politics out of the appointments to boards of agencies and parastatals is one surest way for Buhari to show that his government is truly one of change, that would do things differently from successive governments that apparently handed out board appointments to reward party members, supporters and cronies".

A list of over 1,460 people was released Friday evening but careful scrutiny by local media portals revealed duplications and names of deceased persons and others who were not in the ruling party.

He said this in reaction to the outcry over the inclusion of at least four dead persons in the list of appointees. Mr. Ugbaja, a former deputy inspector general of police, died on November 29, 2017.

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In response, Zeabi reportedly said the measure was "temporary and relating to security arrangements". He added, "We highly value Tunisian women and respect them", he added.

The organisation further urged Mr. Buhari to ensure that appointments are transparent and based on merit, adding that a merit-appointment system would produce a better qualified board, and ultimately improve the governance architecture and access of Nigerians to essential public services.

"Now that he is back and strong, he asked the SGF to go and release the list".

Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the history of the list, saying that it was prepared before President Muhammadu Buhari took ill and was released by the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha without any adjustment.

The presidency on Saturday tried to explain the inclusion of the dead persons, saying the list was compiled in 2015.

Shehu also clarified that when the panel constituted to compile the list submitted its report early this year, President Buhari had health challenges.

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