President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken for the first time on the sack of some aides in the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The President told reporters that the action which sparked heated reactions with some claiming the powers of the VP had been whittled down, was purely a reorganisation with no political or ethnic undertones.
President Buhari spoke about the controversial move on Friday night when he returned to Nigeria after a private visit to the United Kingdom. “We are going to work harder, be accountable and try to make Nigerians understand why we do certain things whether they appreciate it or not,” the President before using the firing of the VP’s aide as an example of a misunderstood move.
“Like, they said 35 people were sacked in the Vice President’s office. We just created a ministry and we reorganised and people are giving ethnic and political dimensions. It is unfortunate.”
Since the start of President Buhari’s second term, there have been claims that the office of the Vice President was being weakened. It is a claim the Presidency has repeatedly denied.