The Presidency has said there is nothing "scandalous or extraordinary" about the board appointments list that included the names of some dead persons, stressing the list is a historical one.
The list comprised 209 board chairmen and 1,258 members.
"The president also appointed Chief Donald Ugbaja as a Member of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC)".
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of the New Year, urging them to keep hope alive on the ability of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to take the economy through a remarkable turnaround. "It would create a lack of trust and confidence among the general public".
"Withdrawing the appointments and directing and allowing the civil service systems to follow due process to reappoint chairpersons and members to the boards of these agencies and parastatals would bring the government's practices and operations into conformity with Nigeria's global anticorruption obligations, particularly the UN Convention against Corruption".
He explained that the list was compiled in 2015, but when the panel constituted to compile the list submitted its report early this year, President Muhammadu Buhari had health challenges and left the country on medical leave. "Nigeria has ratified the convention".
"They are eminently qualified to serve on the boards appointed".
Similarly, a former minister of education and leader of Bring Back Our Girls movement, Oby Ezekwesili, has expressed her reaction to the controversial board appointments.
"The president's trips for medical attention slowed down completion of the process", he said, until when Mr Buhari chose to revisit the matter recently.
"Some "mistakes" are simply indefensible".
But a presidential spokesperson has downplayed the controversy calling it a storm in a teacup.
Others were Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria; Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency (NSRMEA), National Metallurgical Development Centre (NMDC), Jos; Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG), National Iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO), Itakpe; Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Effurun, Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA), Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF), Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and Nigeria Customs Service.