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 All Progressives Congress presidential campaign headquarters, the first of any such department in a political party in Nigeria.
He added that the new presidential aide led a team that successfully mobilised a large number of the more than 24 million disabled persons in the country to support the All Progressives Congress candidate and his running mate in the 2015 presidential election campaign.
Ankeli, who hails from Benue State, studied veterinary medicine at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
He worked with the Benue State government before quitting and focusing on his activist role in the promotion of the wellbeing of the blind and people with all kinds of disability.
Ankeli is married with children.