The Presidency has said that the sack of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s appointees was as a result of President Muhammadu’s directive to manage resources and save taxpayers money.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Friday.
According to the statement, 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.
“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”, he said.
In the light of this, the Presidency therefore deny rumours of a rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo,saying relationship between the two leaders remains excellent and trusting.
The Presidency said 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.
“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 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overhaul of the nation’s seat of government, arising from which a number of political appointments have either been revoked or not renewed in the second term.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.
“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”, Garba added.