Garba Shehu, Spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari has made some shocking revelations about how some officers’ appointments in the President’s cabinet will not be renewed for a second term.
There have been speculations in recent weeks that there is an ongoing rift between the President and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Political Activists have said that there are efforts t frustrate Osinbajo to resign from government with the disbandment of the Economic Management Team which was headed by him, the N-SIP programmes have also been pulled from his office and handed over to a newly created Ministry; Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development.
Garba Shehu has revealed that many of the Political Appointees who were in President Buhari’s cabinet during his first term will no longer be there for his second term.
The President’s Spokesperson made this revelation in a thread of tweets via his verified Twitter handle.
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overhaul of the nation’s seat of government, arising from which a number of political appointments have either been revoked or not renewed in the Second Term.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.
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.
Garba Shehu also denied the alleged rift between President Buhari and VP Osinbajo saying both Leaders have a strong trusting relation void of any rift.
In the light of this, the Presidency wishes to strongly deny rumours of a rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President @ProfOsinbajo
The relationship between the two leaders remains excellent and trusting. Together, they will script a glorious future for the nation.
The 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.
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.
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.