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Dr. Nabbs Imegwu, a former commissioner in Rivers State who died earlier this year, was appointed to the board of the National Orthopedic Hospitals while Comrade Ahmed Bunza from Kebbi State, an appointee to the Rubber Research Institute in Benin, had passed on in May 2017.

Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari's latest batch of appointments has stoked controversy in the country after it was detected that a number of dead persons had been "given" positions as board members.

The appointments of 209 board chairpersons and 1,258 board members were announced on Friday.

But it was discovered that in the list were some dead persons and this has generated mixed reactions, with some lambasting the Presidency for the error. Francis Okposo, as Chairman of the Press Council. "But Okpozo, a Senator in the Second Republic, died on December 16, 2016". Rev Utov, the proprietor of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko who passed away on March 17, 2017.

"The president also appointed Chief Donald Ugbaja as a Member of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC)".

A terse statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu in Abuja on Sunday said the broadcast would be at 7 am.

According to him, "no human undertaking can be free of mistakes", maintaining that "there is no scandal" involved in the appointments.

The statement read in part, "Withdrawing the appointments and directing and allowing the civil service systems to follow due process to reappoint chairpersons and members to the boards of these agencies and parastatals would bring the government's practices and operations into conformity with Nigeria's global anticorruption obligations, particularly the UN Convention against Corruption".

He said the president requested for the submission of 50 names each by the state chapters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2015, which were later compiled by the national secretariat of the party.

He added: "However, complaint arose from some governors who felt they were not carried along in the process".