Presidency Finally Confirms Sacking Of Osinbajo’s Aides

BUHARI, OSINBAJO WILL, TOGETHER, SCRIPT A GLORIOUS FUTURE FOR NIGERIA

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of political appointments have either been revoked or not renewed in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.

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The exercise, which has been ordered by
the President, is to streamline decision-making, cut down multiple
authorities and reduce the cost of administration.

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.

In carrying out these exercises, the overriding
objective is to save taxpayer money and deliver needed service to the
public. As far as the President is concerned, there is no scope for an
excuse for administration after getting a huge mandate to run the
country for four more years.

In the light of this, the
Presidency wishes to strongly deny rumours 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.

The
President is in absolute control of his government. The media should
stop attributing non-existent powers to some people. There cannot be
anyone too powerful for President Buhari to control.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media and Publicity)
November 8, 2019

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