President Muhammadu Buhari, has dismissed as false insinuations that some aides of Vice President Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, were sacked to whittle down the powers of the latter.
Fielding questions from reporters at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, upon his return from a private visit from the United Kingdom on Friday, November 15, the president said it is unfortunate that his directive was interpreted as a sack.
President Buhari in an interview with NTA explained that the 35 aides were not sacked from the office of the vice president but were instead redeployed to a new ministry.
He stated 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 reorganised but people are giving it an ethnic and political dimension. It is unfortunate,” the president said.
Buhari assured Nigerians that he was more energised and ready for work. He promised to work harder to be accountable and show Nigerians the reason for certain decisions.
There have been speculations that there was a silent war between the president and his vice. The presidency has repeatedly denied any rift between Buhari and Osinbajo.