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Buhari appoints blind man as aide
February 23, 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a visually impaired man, Dr. Samuel Ankeli, as his Senior Special Assistant.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President has saddled Ankeli with the responsibility of dealing with persons living with disability on his behalf.
Shehu said Ankeli headed the Directorate of Persons with Disability at the Buhari/Osinbajo APC presidential campaign headquarters, the first of its kind in a political party in Nigeria.
He added that the new presidential aide led a team that successfully mobilised a large number of more than 24 million disabled persons in the country to support the All Progressives Congress’ candidate and his runningmate in the 2015 presidential election campaign.
Ankeli hails from Benue State.
He went to school in Giwa, near Zaria and Kaduna before studying Veterinary Medicine at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
He worked with the Benue State Government before quitting to devote his time to his activist role in the promotion of the wellbeing of the blind and people living with disability.
He leads a very active religious and sporting life.
He is married and has children.