The Presidency has confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari laid off some aides to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as part of the ongoing overhauling of the seat of government. A State House statement by Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, today said the exercise, which has been ordered by the President, is to reduce the cost of governance, streamline decision-making, and cut down multiple authorities.
Shehu added that 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.
Shehu also denied reports on the rift between Buhari and Osinbajo, saying the relationship between the duo is cordial. According to him, 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 incite the public.
The Presidential Spokesman said that the President is in absolute control of his government. He urged the media to stop attributing non-existent powers to some people, saying there can be nobody too powerful for President Buhari to control.