The presidency has reacted to the controversy generated by the appointments it made on Friday into boards of agencies and parastatals.
Names of some dead individuals includng those no longer in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were on the list released by the SGF on Friday evening.
But Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu said “the list has a history” which explains the controversy around it.
He told Premium Times: “In 2015, Mr. President requested all state chapters of the party to submit names of 50 party members for board appointments.
He said the names where compiled by the national secretariat of the APC and forwarded to the then secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir Lawal.
“However, complaint arose from some governors who felt they were not carried along in the process. To answer this, the president constituted a committee under the vice president to review and reflect the interest of the governors”.
Mr Shehu however said action was delayed on the report of the committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as President Muhammadu Buhari took ill.
“The president’s trips for medical attention slowed down completion of the process,” he said, until when Mr Buhari decided to revisit the matter recently.
“The current SGF was only directed to complete that process by releasing the list which he apparently did without altering it,” Mr. Shehu explained.
Mr Shehu admitted that errors were committed but added that “no human undertaking can be free of mistakes”.
He said the errors identified with the list were not enough to describe the exercise as scandalous, insisting that “there is no scandal”.
The spokesperson said all errors in the list would be corrected.