President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he didn’t sack 35 aides from the Office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The president explained that they were redeployed to a new ministry while questions from NTA State House Correspondent at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, upon his return from a private visit from the United Kingdom.
While describing the interpretations of his directives as a sack as ‘unfortunate,’ Buhari said what happened as a re-organisation and not a sacking, stressing that, a new ministry has recently been created, that is, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development.
“They said 35 people were sacked in the Vice President’s office, but we just created a ministry, and we reorganized, but people are giving it an ethnic and political dimension. It is unfortunate,” the President said.
There had been wide reports of the sack of 35 aides, including the circulation of a list of those sacked, However, informed sources insisted that what the President directed was a redeployment and not a sack.
The means although some Presidential aides had confirmed the sacking of 35 aides, the President only gave express instructions for redeployment to ministries not sacking.
Ready for work
Meanwhile, President Buhari has stated further that he was more energized and ready for work.
“We are going to work harder to be accountable and try to make Nigerians see why we do certain things. Accountability from bottom to top is absolutely necessary,” he said.
Some people had mentioned and claimed that President Buhari had sacked 35 aides to whittle down the powers and influence of the Vice President ahead of 2023 elections.
This is claimed to have been masterminded by a certain cabal with the Presidency.
However, the Presidency has always maintained that the President and his deputy, Prof Osinbajo enjoy a very good relationship.