Nigeria's president Buhari appoints dead man to official position

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a dead man into office.

Buhari named the late Tobias Chukwuemeka Okwuru as a board member for a government agency, two months after he died.

Once compelled to deny rumours of his own demise and replacement with a clone, Buhari approved the candidate whose funeral took place in February. Mr Buhari sent a letter to the country's senate on Tuesday to confirm the list of 37 appointees but was unaware that Mr Okwuru had passed away. The president's media aide, Lauretta Onochie, said Mr Okwuru was alive when the president appointed him to serve on the board and that "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," she said. This is not the first time Mr Buhari's presidency has made the grave error of appointing a dead person. In 2017, the president appointed at least five people who were long dead on to several boards of government agencies.

Okwuru, who represented Ezza South/Ikwo constituency in the House of Representatives, had also served as Chief Whip in the Ebonyi House of Assembly on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He later joined the Labour Party in 2015 before he moved to the All Progressives Congress (APC) where he played active roles and became one of the financiers of the party in the state.