President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed yet another dead man into office in what may be described as an “extreme case of posthumous honour or embarrassing gaffe”.
Tobias Chukwuemeka Okwuru was named as a member of the board of the Federal Character Commission on Tuesday, two months after he passed on.
The deceased was appointed alongside 37. In a letter sent to the senate on Tuesday, Buhari had sought the confirmation of the appointees.
However, while other board members will be looking forward to assuming office, Okwuru, the member-nominee for Ebonyi state, will continue to rest, having died on February 27.
A former member of the house of representatives who represented Ezza south/Ikwo federal constituency, TheCable gathered from various sources including an Ebonyi-based journalist, that Okwuru passed on at the age of 59 after battling an unknown illness.
David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi, was among those who mourned him at the time.
The former majority leader of the state house of assembly hailed from Amudo in Ezza south local government area.
BUHARI’S RECORD OF POSTHUMOUS APPOINTMENTS
Interestingly, this is not the first dead person to be appointed into office under the Buhari administration. In fact, the president might have set a record of giving such honour to at least six persons, most of whom were appointed in 2017.
five deceased persons had been “awakened” with an appointment into various federal government agencies.
Among the late persons appointed at the time include Francis Okpozo, a senator in the second republic; Donald Ugbaja, a retired deputy inspector-general of police; and Ahmed Bunza, sole administrator of Jega local government area of Kebbi state.
Others were Christopher Utov, a former proprietor of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko; and Kabir Umar, a former emir of Katagum in Bauchi state.
Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, did not immediately respond to TheCable’s inquiry on the appointment of Okwuru.
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