Hours after Laolu Akande, media Aide to vice president Yemi Osinbajo took to his tweeter handle asking Nigerians to ignore the so-called sacked presidential aides saying all said was not genuine, moments later, President Buhari's media aide, Garuba Shehu counter tweeted that, presidency wishes to confirm that the list was genuine and that it was not personal or targeted to undermine the vice president office.
Continuing, Mallam Garuba Shehu said in a statement that the laid-off some aides to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as part of the ongoing overhauling of the seat of government.
“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”, a State House statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said on Friday.
Thirty-five of Osinbajo’s aides were affected in the exercise so far.