The presidency has reacted to Media reports on the sacking of some aides of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo with reasons behind the action.
Media reports on Wednesday indicated appointments of more than 30 aides of Yemi Osinbajo were terminated.
In a statement on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari Spokesman , Garba Shehu, said the President downsize the number of those working with his deputy to save the cost of governance.
According to the statement, “The Presidency wishes to confirm that there is, on-going, an unprecedented overhaul of the nation’s seat of government, arising from which a number of political appointments have either been revoked or not renewed in the Second Term.”
“The exercise, which has been ordered by the President, is to streamline decision-making, cut down multiple authorities and reduce the cost of administration,” said the statement.
“It is also an appropriate response to the general perception that the Presidency has an oversized and bloated workforce which acts as a drag on efficiency.
“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.”
Garba Shehu in the statement also denied reports on the rift between Buhari and Osinbajo, saying the relationship between the two is cordial.
The statement reads, “The Presidency wishes to strongly deny rumors of a rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The relationship between the two leaders remains excellent and trusting. Together, they will script a glorious future for the nation.”
“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. This ulterior motive is the basis of the wrong interpretation given to the recent exercise in the Presidency.
“There has been a streamlining of staff going on for a while. The President has always had fewer staff than the Vice President, and there were always plans to reduce the number of staff at the Villa.
“The streamlining was not personal or targeted to undermine the Vice President’s office, as the so-called insider sources quoted by the media appear to make it seem.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo alone is said to have 89 aides , three times more than the president before the downsizing.