Following the purported rumours of a rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Presidency has on Friday denied the falsehood.
This is contained in a memorandum released to the public by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.
Shehu said, “the Presidency wishes to strongly deny rumours of a rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The relationship between the two leaders remains excellent and trusting. Together, they will script a glorious future for the nation.”
There has been quite a lot of media reports on alleged face-off between Buhari and Osinbajo, which has culminated into setting a bad agenda for members of the public.
According to the Senior Special Assistant, “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”, he noted.