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Dead appointees: Sagay slams Buhari’s critics

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has berated those criticising President Muhammadu Buhari for including the names of eight deceased persons on his new list of appointees into the board of Federal Government agencies.

The Arewa Consultative Forum, a former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, and some other notable Nigerians had criticised the President for the gaffe

However, Sagay, during a telephone interview on Monday, said that the fuss generated over the list was needless.

The senior advocate said the list was compiled over a year ago and there was no way the President would have known that eight persons out of 1,467 on the list had died

He said, “This list has been under preparation for over two years. There were recommendations from governors, ministers and other important members of the APC. And that list has about 1, 500 persons. So, can any normal person be surprised that about six people have died out of almost 2,000 in two years?

“Also, was the Presidency supposed to have visited the homes of each of the appointees to know if they were still alive? The outrage is unreasonable and needless. Even as we speak, how do you know that one or two persons have not died since their appointments were announced? Do we control life?

“The impression that I have is that the Nigerian elite have a Lilliputian mind. For me, the whole episode shows the stupidity of those who were outraged. I think it is evidence of idleness of mind.”

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About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.