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Buhari Appoints Dead Ebonyi Ex-Lawmaker to Federal Character Commission

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, April 28, has appointed a dead former lawmaker from Ebonyi State, Tobias Chukwuemeka Okwuru, to the board of the Federal Character Commission.

The appointment of the late Okwuru alongside 37 others was contained in a letter Buhari sent to the Nigerian Senate for confirmation.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, read out the letter on Tuesday during plenary.

Newsflash247 findings have revealed that Okwuru, who once represented Ikwo/Ezza Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, died in February 2020 at the age of 59.

During his lifetime, he served as state auditor of Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Whip of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, before moving to represent his constituency at the National Assembly.  Late Tobias Chukwuemeka Okwuru

Interestingly, this won’t be the first time President Buhari will be giving appointment to dead people.

In 2017, the list of appointments into the boards of federal agencies and corporations released was enmeshed in controversy after the names of five persons said to be dead appeared on it.

The dead persons alleged to be on that list were Senator Francis Okpozo (Delta), Rev. Father Christopher Utau (Benue), DIG Donald Ugbaja (retd), Garba Attahiru (Kaduna) and Umar Dange (Sokoto).

The agency has had only one commissioner out of the 37 as required by law. Abdullahi Halidu Shinkafi, the lone commissioner, has retired.

Here is a list of those newly appointed by the president:

Muheeba Dankaka, chairperson

Henry Ogbulogo

Salihu Bella

Obonganwan Dorah Ebong

lbeabuchi Uche

Mohammad Tijjani

Tonya G. Okio

Silas Mfa Madkpah

Abba Ali Monguno

Nsor Atamgba

Alims Agoda

Tobias Chukwuemeka

lmuetinyan Festus,

Sesan Fatoba

Ginika Florence Tor

Hamza Mohammad

Diogu Uche

Lawan Ya’u Roni

Hadlza Usman Muazu

Muhammad Awwal Na’lya

Lawal Garba

Abubakar Atiku Bunu

Idris Bello

Daniel James Kola

Are Bolaji

Nasir Kwarra

Suleiman Barau Said

Abiodun Akinlade

Olufemi Lawrence Omosanya

Adeoye Abdulrazak Olalekan

Adeniyi Olowofela

Stephen A Jings

Wokocha Augustine

Abdullahi Aminu Tafida

Armaya’u Dauda Abubakar

Jibril Maigari

Saul Garba

Adamu Muhammad Sidi-Ali

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Ilesanmi Adekanbi

Ilesanmi Adekanbi is a Journalist by profession. He has been working in the Nigeria media industry for the past 6 years. He holds several professional certificates. contact me on email: [email protected]

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