Investigations by Newsclickng.com reveals that the newly appointed chairman of the Nigerian Press Council, Senator Francis Okpozo by President Muhammadu on Friday died over two years ago.
Newsclickng.com reports that the late Senator, who was a former member of the Board of Trustees of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) was on Friday named among the 1,467 chairmen and members of the Federal Government Boards approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The announcement of the chairmanship and membership of the Boards was made by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
However, investigations by Newsclickng.com revealed that Okpozo died precisely on December 26, 2016 and the president even issued a statement of commiseration on December 27, 2016.
In the statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President 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”.
The statement added: “As a stalwart of the APC in the South-South, President Buhari believes that the party greatly benefited from the octogenarian’s charismatic leadership and wealth of experience as a politician”.
The President also “hopes that all who mourn Senator Okpozo will carry forward his legacy of unwavering dedication to the unity of Nigeria, even as the nation would fondly remember his contributions to peace, development and justice in the Niger Delta”.
He prayed God Almighty to comfort the family of the deceased and grant his soul eternal rest.