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Leah Sharibu was among the abducted 109 girls of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State. The girls were abducted by the terrorist group, Boko Haram on February 19, 2018. Leah Sharibu who was aged fifteen at the time of the abduction in March 2018 turn 16 today, Monday. While 104 abducted girls were released to their parents, Leah Sharibu was held back by the captives because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
“Monday, May 14 , 2018, our daughter, Miss Leah Sharibu , will be 16 years . If she were here with us , we would have been celebrating her 16 th birthday with her . “She is not with us and all we can do is fast and pray for her as a family and I want to appeal to all Nigerians and other concerned people around the world to help us pray for her safety wherever she is and for her return as well. “President Buhari seemed to have forgotten about Leah but we know God who brought her forth will not forget her . We believe that God is keeping watc…


Eyebrows are reaching hairlines as dead men appeared on the massive, and historical appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday. The office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, announced the appointment of 209 board chairpersons and 1,258 board members on Friday. This is the largest single appointments made by the president since becoming president in 2015.

However, after carefully analyzing the names, amusing discoveries were made. At least three of those names might be those of people who died after Mr. Buhari was sworn in as president on May 29, 2015. About four other names are duplicated in more than one agency while some opposition politicians also got appointed.

Francis Okpozo, believed to be the second republic senator that died in 2016, was appointed chairman of the Nigerian Press Council.
The late ex-senator battled with an undisclosed ailment at a private hospital in Benin. The president in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, commiserated with “the family and friends of the late senator, whose championing of social justice in the Niger Delta, during his long history of service to the people, endeared him to many.”
Okpozo was a chieftain of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State.
Neither the presidency nor the SGF, Boss Mustapha, was able to clarify if the Mr. Okpozo appointed to the NPC board is different from the late former senator. They were also not able to clarify the other controversial appointments.

Another controversial appointee is Donald Ugbaja, who is believed to be a late former deputy inspector general of police. The former police chief died a few weeks ago. Mr. Ugbaja was appointed a board member of the Consumer Protection Council.

Christopher Utov, was appointed board member of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research. He is believed to be the same person as a Catholic priest from Benue State who died on March 18.

The list of the new appointees also shows duplication of names, with few persons appointed into more than one board. Sabo Nanono was appointed a member of the board of the National Agency for Science and Engineering, NASENI. He was, however, also appointed chairman of the board of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC.

Kabiru Matazu was appointed chairman of FCT Universal Education Board and also appointed to chair the board of Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta.
Umaymah Abdullahi was named on the board of Lake Chad Research Institute, Maiduguri as well as the Federal Medical Centre, Sokoto.
Also Habiba Umar was appointed on the board of the Federal Medical Centre, Yola and also Federal Medical Centre, Birnin-Kebbi.

A Kano governorship aspirant, Ibrahim El-Amin, also known as Little, was appointed board member of the Federal Medical Centre, Owo. In August, Mr. El-Amin reportedly decamped from APC to PDP in what was seen as heralding the eventual defection of the former Nigeria Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. Another person from Kano and close confidant of Mr. Abubakar, Murtala Adhama, was also appointed into the board of Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority.
Mr. Adhama, though not known to be a party man in Kano politics, is, believed to be among Mr. Abubakar’s close strategists.
Another ally of Mr. Abubakar that made it into the list is Bashir Ibrahim. Mr. Ibrahim is the factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM.
He was appointed member of the board of Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority.

It is unclear if the three men would pick up their appointments, or ignore them considering the new political stance of Mr. Abubakar.
However, it is not illegal or inappropriate to appoint opposition politicians into such offices. A serving minister, Aisha Alhassan, is still holding on to her office, despite her public pledge of loyalty to Mr. Abubakar who is expected to be a PDP presidential candidate in 2019.

While both the SGF and the presidency are yet to officially clarify the controversies, a source in the presidency said "the list was compiled in 2015 but that does not stop the SGF from doing due diligence to prevent all the gaffes."

The source’s explanation would clarify the inclusion of the dead persons and loyalists of Mr. Abubakar. The dead men mentioned were alive in 2015. Also, Mr. Abubakar and Mr. Buhari were still close in 2015 with the former vice president still a chieftain of the ruling party.

This is a gross error that should not have happened. The list should have been reviewed before being made public instead of causing this unnecessary talks all over the country. We have to be disciplined in our various fields, tending to our jobs with every care and caution. Especially for matters as sensitive as this! Now the president's opponents are going to have a swell time feasting on this.


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