Itse Sagay, the chairman of President Buhari’s anti corruption committee, has berated those criticising the president for including the names of eight deceased persons on his new list of appointees into the board of Federal Government agencies.
Nigerians have criticised Buhari for incompetence for the gaff.
Professor Sagay granted a telephone interview to Punch on Monday, January 1, 2018 in which he attacked the critics of President Buhari saying that Nigerian elite fuss over the wrong things.
The senior advocate said the list was compiled over a year ago and there was no way the President would have known that eight persons out of 1,467 on the list had died
He said, “This list has been under preparation for over two years. There were recommendations from governors, ministers and other important members of the APC. And that list has about 1, 500 persons. So, can any normal person be surprised that about six people have died out of almost 2,000 in two years?
“Also, was the Presidency supposed to have visited the homes of each of the appointees to know if they were still alive? The outrage is unreasonable and needless. Even as we speak, how do you know that one or two persons have not died since their appointments were announced? Do we control life?
“The impression that I have is that the Nigerian elite have a Lilliputian mind. For me, the whole episode shows the stupidity of those who were outraged. I think it is evidence of idleness of mind.”