- Garba Shehu said the decision to sack some aides at the Villa was an agreement between Buhari and Osinbajo
- He said the President has always had fewer aides than the Vice President,
- Buhari says there is no rift him and his vice
Mr. Garba Shehu, the SSA on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed the sacking of some of the aides to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
He made the confirmation a few minutes ago on his verified Twitter handle, saying it was part of the resolutions of Buhari and Osinbajo to cut cost of governance.
He said that President Buhari confirms that there is an on-going overhaul of the nation’s seat of government, “arising from which a number of political appointments have either been revoked or not renewed in the Second Term.”
He said the exercise was indeed ordered by President Buhari which is aimed at streamlining decision-making, “cut down multiple authorities and reduce the cost of administration.”
A full list of Osinbajo’s aides sacked by Buhari went viral on Thursday, November 7. The list was first published by Daily Trust, but the office of the Vice President called on Nigerians to ignore it, saying it was not true.
Some of the aides that were affected included:
- Imeh Okon – SSA, Infrasture
- Jide Awolowo – SA, Oil and Gas
- Lilian Idiaghe – SA, Research, Legal and Compliance
- Arukino Umukoro – SA, Niger Delta
- Bala Liman Mohammed – SSA, Economy
- Edobor Iyamu – SSA, Niger Delta
- Dolapo Bright – SSA, Agro Allied value chain
Mr Shehu said, “As may have been noticed by discerning members of the public, a number of political appointees among the few that served in the office of the President were not returned for the Second Term.
“The office of the Vice President, His Excellency Yemi Osinbajo has, in compliance with the directive of the President, equally been shed of a number of such appointees.
“In carrying out these exercises, the overriding objective is to save taxpayer money and deliver needed service to the public,” he said.
Perceived rift between Buhari and Osinbajo
The spokesman said the Presidency wishes to strongly deny rumours of a rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, saying the relationship between them remains excellent and trusting.
“The media reports of a soured relationship are originating from the minds and mouths of mischief-makers, who are desperate for entertaining stories from the Aso Rock Villa with which to titillate the public,” he said.
He also said that Buhari is in absolute control of his government, “The media should stop attributing non-existent powers to some people.”