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 disabilities.
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
“Ankeli hails from Benue State. He went to
school in Giwa, near Zaria and Kaduna before
reading veterinary medicine at the Ahmadu
Bello University, Zaria.
“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.”