Nigeria’s President appoints dead man to run agency


Nigeria’s ageing leader has appointed a dead man to a senior government post — and not for the first time.

President Buhari, 77, who was once compelled to deny rumours of his own demise and replacement with a clone, approved a candidate whose funeral took place in February.

President Buhari’s lack of ­urgency has earned him the nickname “Baba Go Slow”
President Buhari’s lack of ­urgency has earned him the nickname “Baba Go Slow” REUTERS

The appointment of the late MP Tobias Chukwuemeka Okwuru to the Federal Character Commission emerged when a letter of confirmation from Mr Buhari was read to the Senate.

Applications were quickly reopened after journalists pointed out that Mr Okwuru was not available to take up the position due to his death at the age of 59.

A spokeswoman for the president blamed a lengthy screening process for the confusion.

 

By Jane Flanagan. The Times

Few people are surprised that delays were implicated:

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