President Buhari Appoints Visually Challenged Man As Special Assistant
President Mohammadu Buhari on Monday
appointed Dr. Samuel Inalegwu Ode Ankeli his
Senior Special Assistant.
Ankeli, a visually impaired man is charged with the
responsibility of dealings with persons living with
A statement by the presidential spokesman, Mallam
Garba Shehu stated that the appointee was a former
campaigner and also "headed the Directorate of
Persons With Disability at the Buhari/Osinbajo APC
presidential campaign headquarters, the first of any
such department in a political party in Nigeria."
The statement added that "He led a team that
successfully mobilized a large number of the more
that 24 million disabled persons in the country to
support the APC candidate and his running mate in
the 2015 presidential election campaign."
"Ankeli hails from Benue State. He went to school in
Giwa, near Zaria and Kaduna before reading
veterinary medicine at the Ahmadu Bello University,
"He worked with the Benue State government before
quitting to give time to his activist role in the
promotion of the wellbeing of the blind and people
with all kinds of disability.
"He leads a very active religious and sporting life.
He is married and has children."
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