Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, has explain that the 35 aides of the Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo were sacked to reduce cost of governance.
Shehu said this in reaction to comments by critics that some individuals influenced the sacking of some aides of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the sack of 35 aides working in the office of the Vice president Yemi Osinbajo earlier in the week
Explaining the reason for the action, Shehu said it was in line with Buhari’s directive for “an unprecedented overhaul that would 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.”
Recall that when reports of the sack of the VP’s aides emerged, some Nigerians attributed it to some powerful forces within the presidency usually referred to as the “cabal.”
It was speculated that these individuals were unhappy with some actions of Osinbajo while acting as president when Buhari was on vacation.
But Shehu dismissed all of that and said Buhari is in full control of his government.
“The media should stop attributing non-existent powers to some people, he also said, adding: “There cannot be anyone too powerful for President Buhari to control.”