- Lauretta Onochie has reacted to the media reports claiming President Buhari appointed a dead man into the FCC board
- Tobias Chukwuemeka Okwuru who was nominated by Buhari to serve on the board had reportedly died in February
- Onochie, however, clarified that Okwuru was very much alive when he was nominated, adding that he passed away while waiting for the Senate's confirmation
Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari's aide on social media, has reacted to the media reports claiming the president appointed a dead person to the board of the Federal Character Commission (FCC).
A report by The Sun newspaper had stated that President Buhari appointed a dead person into the board the FCC.
According to the newspaper, the dead man appointed to the board is Chief Tobias Chukwuemeka Okwuru, the member-nominee for Ebonyi state.
The man reportedly died on February 27, 2020.
Legit.ng gathers that the dead man is listed as number 12 in the president’s letter to the Senate president, Ahmed Lawan.
Reacting to the report, Onochie insisted President Buhari did not appoint a dead man to serve in the FCC board.
She explained that Okwuru was alive when President Buhari appointed him to serve in the board.
Her words: "Hon Tobias Chukwuemeka Okwuru was very much alive when President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as the Ebonyi State Member in the Federal Character Commission.
"He even came to update his CV, in readiness for the appointment after the Senate screening.
"When he sadly passed away while waiting for the screening by the Senate, that information was not communicated to the Federal Government.
"His remains are not yet buried. May his soul rest in peace."
Below 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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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Senate resolved to give accelerated approval to President Buhari’s request to raise a fresh loan of N850 billion from the domestic capital market to fund projects in the 2020 budget.
President Buhari's request was contained in a presidential memo read by the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, April 28.
After the letter was read, the lawmakers gave accelerated approval to the president’s request to raise the loan.
The upper chamber also mandated it’s Finance and Appropriation Committees to liaise with the minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, to obtain more details of the loan request.
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