The Presidency has denied rumours of a rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Friday stated that the relationship between the two leaders remains excellent and trusting.
He added that the reports of a soured relationship are originating from the minds and mouths of mischief makers who want to arouse the public.
In responding to the laying off of some of Osinbajo’s aides, it statement states that the exercise is to streamline decision-making, cut down multiple authorities and reduce the cost of administration.
It added that the reduction in Osinbajo’s aides was not personal or targeted to undermine the Vice President’s office.
“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,” the statement reads.
Recall that thirty-five of Osinbajo’s aides were affected in the unprecedented on-going overhaul of the nation’s seat of government.