Following the recent attack on the presidency on sacking the Vice President’s Aides, the presidency has given reasons why some political appointees at the seat of power have been relieved of their duties.
Before now, there have been online reports that aides attached to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, were relieved of their duty in a bid to whittle down the influence of the number two citizen.
Although presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Friday confirmed that some aides of Osinbajo and others who worked at the seat of power during the first term of his principal were unlucky to have their appointments renewed, he said the action was not targeted at the vice president.
Mr. Shehu said the move was to cut down the cost of governance, multiple authorities and streamline decision-making.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on a private visit in far away London issued the directive.
“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,” the statement partly read.
“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.
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“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,” the statement added.