President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked 35 aides working in the office
of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, according to Daily Nigerian.
Online medium, The Cable also confirmed the development from senior
Buhari, who is in the UK, approved the sack of the aides on Tuesday.
“Osinbajo is hoping that President Buhari will rescind the decision,”
a senior presidency official told the online medium, maintaining that
the sackings were done by a presidential aide, not the president
Among those affected are senior special assistants, special
assistants, personal assistants, technical assistants, and some whose
appointments were approved in August.
The affected aides were said to have been posted out to some line
ministries relevant to their designation in October, and that they are
expected to be issued with disengagement letters on Wednesday.
The development comes amid speculations of a frosty relationship
between the number one and two citizens since the president’s second
Buhari’s decision to assent to the bill to amend the deep offshore and
inland basin production sharing contract act from London where he is
on a “private visit” fuelled the speculation of their deteriorating
The president had previously asked Osinbajo to seek presidential
approvals for agencies under his supervision and also moved the
National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) from the vice-president’s
office to a new ministry.