President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a visually impaired man, Samuel Inalegwu Ode Ankeli as his Senior Special Assistant with responsibility for his dealings with persons living with a disability.
Dr. Ankeli headed the Directorate of Persons With Disability in the Buhari/Osinbajo All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign headquarters, the first such department in a political party in Nigeria.
He led a team that successfully mobilized more than 24 million disabled persons in the country to support the APC candidate and his running mate in the 2015 presidential election campaign.
Dr. Ankeli, who hails from Benue State, studied veterinary medicine at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
He worked with the Benue State government before quitting to focus on his activist role in the promotion of the well-being 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.