Osinbajo In Kano To Commission Flyover Bridges, Other Projects

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo disembarks from the aircraft at the Mallam Aminu Kano international Airport on January 13, 2020.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday is in Kano State, northwest Nigeria on a one-day official visit to commission some major infrastructure projects.

Osinbajo who arrived at the VIP Wing of the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport was received by the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, his Deputy, Nasiru Gawuna and senior government officials.

The Vice President will use the occasion of his visit to commission the Alhassan Dantata Bridge in Sabon Gari, Tijjani Hashim Flyover in Kofar Ruwa areas of the state.

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He will also perform the foundation laying ceremony and inspection of some projects embarked upon by the state government.

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Publish Your Assets Within Seven Days, SERAP Asks Buhari, Osinbajo, 36 Governors

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo have been asked to provide information on the summary of the assets, specifically property and income as contained in their asset declaration forms submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

In a Freedom of Information requests sent by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) to the Presidency, also captured the 36 state governors and their deputies, urging them to use their good offices to clarify within 7 days of receiving the FoI request.

According to a statement by SERAP, the FoI requests dated 3 January 2020 and signed by its deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, said: “The Constitution of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the FoI Act, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which is part of our laws, read together, impose transparency obligations on all public officials to publicly disclose information concerning their asset declarations submitted to the CCB, and to clarify any updated review of such assets.”

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SERAP said: “The summary of assets to be disclosed include, where applicable, the following: savings and other liquid assets, all immovable property and shares and actions in any private and public companies; property purchased by way of tender from any public-law entities and information about businesses owned.”

The organisation said the non-public disclosure by public officials of their summary of assets seriously undermines the effectiveness and integrity of the constitutional and statutory obligations to submit asset declarations.

Specifically FoI request to President Buhari, SERAP noted his “public promise to make specific details of your assets public, and urge you to consider this FoI request as a unique opportunity to fulfill the promise made to the Nigerian people.

“We would also like you to clarify if you have encouraged members of your cabinet to also submit their asset declarations to the CCB and to make such declarations public. If so, we would like you to provide information on the details of those that have made submissions.

“We would also like you to clarify whether a declaration has been submitted as constitutionally and statutorily required, the date of any such submission and if you have received any confirmation of the verification of your asset declaration by the CCB.”

Osinbajo Presides Over Last NEC Meeting For 2019

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presides over the National Economic Council meeting on December 19, 2019 in Abuja. Credit: State House

 

A meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) held on Thursday morning at the State House Abuja.

Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo presided over the session which was had state governors in attendance.

This is the last NEC meeting for 2019.

At their last meeting, the council received a memorandum from the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Lekan Adegbite on the current relationship between the three tiers of government in fiscal governance of the solid minerals sector.

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The NEC meeting is a forum where the nation’s economic planning efforts and programmes of the various levels of government is reviewed.

It comprises the 36 state governors, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Minister of Finance, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and some other government officials.

PHOTO: Osinbajo Travels To UAE For Peace Forum

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with UAE’s Minister of State, Ahmed Al Sayegh, at the Abu Dhabi International Airport ahead of his keynote address at UAE Peace Forum. Photos: Tolani Alli.

 

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has travelled to the United Arab Emirates for the Sixth Assembly of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies.

Professor Osinbajo departed Abuja on Sunday and was welcomed at the Abu Dhabi International Airport by UAE’s Minister of State, Ahmed Al Sayegh.

He is expected to deliver a keynote address entitled “The Role of Religions in Promoting Tolerance: From Possibility to Necessity” at the forum.

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Also, the Vice President would meet with the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nayan, at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.

According to a statement from Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, both leaders would discuss bilateral issues on how to continue to expand diplomatic and economic relationships between Nigeria and the UAE.

The Assembly of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies is an annual event organised by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

“The Sixth Assembly will build upon the discussions and outputs of previous assemblies, as well as appreciation of the UAE’s decision to proclaim 2019 as the year of ‘tolerance’.

“The Sixth Assembly envisages an opportunity to initiate a civilised dialogue on the formulation of a new concept of tolerance, one that is humane and generous, and to transform a perspective that makes tolerance a religious imperative,” the UAE government was quoted as saying.

The Vice President is expected back in Nigeria later on Monday.

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Osinbajo Departs Nigeria For UAE Peace Forum

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has departed Abuja for the City of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

He is expected to speak on ‘The Role of Religions in Promoting Tolerance: From Possibility to Necessity’ at the Sixth Assembly of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said that VP Osinbajo’s speech is scheduled as the forum’s keynote address.

“The Assembly of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies is an annual event organized by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

“Prof. Osinbajo’s speech is scheduled as the forum’s keynote address.

“The Sixth Assembly envisages an opportunity to initiate a civilized dialogue on the formulation of a new concept of tolerance, one that is humane and generous, and to transform a perspective that makes tolerance a religious imperative.”

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He also stated that VP Osinbajo will be at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, to meet with Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nayan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.

Both leaders are expected to discuss bilateral issues on how to continue to expand diplomatic and economic relationships between Nigeria and the UAE.

“At the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, the Vice President will meet with Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nayan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. Both leaders will discuss bilateral issues on how to continue to expand diplomatic and economic relationships between Nigeria and the UAE.”

Increase Engagement To End Violence Against Women, Osinbajo Urges States

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

 

There is a need to intensify the engagements of state governments across the country in the advocacy against gender-based violence, in order to deepen and strengthen official efforts to prevent its menace.

This is according to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who received Mrs Leymah Gbowee on Tuesday at the State House in Abuja.

“Driving prosecution for sex offenders is best done at the state level, particularly strengthening the states to do so at the National Economic Council,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.

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Gbowee is the Liberian activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for non-violent struggle, safety, and women’s rights.

The Vice President emphasised the need for states to exercise political will in order to get the desired results, as well as provide the necessary funding to implement, working together with the private sector.

He noted that the Federal Government had open the Sex Offenders Register, saying “It was something that needed a lot of attention, changing the orientation of men in particular, to understand it’s a campaign that must be championed by men.”

In her remarks, Mrs Gbowee noted the prevalence of rape in and out of conflict zones with impunity across Africa.

She described the successful launch of the sex offenders register in Nigeria as a huge milestone, adding that the country has set the precedence for other African countries to follow.

The meeting held a day after the Liberian gave the keynote address at the launch of the Sex Offenders Register organised by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Dolapo Osinbajo Celebrates 30th Wedding Anniversary With Throwback Pictures

 

Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo on Monday took to Instagram to celebrate love and 30 years of marriage to her hubby, vice-president Yemi Osinbajo.

In the series of pictures which she titled, ‘Hand in hand,’ Mrs Osinbajo reminisced on their 30-year journey of marriage.

In her post she said, “Hand in hand on the 25th November 1989. Its our 30th wedding anniversary to the glory of God. #WeddingAnniversary   #ByGodsGrace.”

 

 

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The Vice-President with his wife on their wedding day.

 

The Vice-President with his wife on their wedding day.

 

 

The Vice-President with his wife.

 

 

Mrs Osinbajo with her late mother, Olubusola Soyode, one of the children of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Nigeria Loses N455bn To Poor Sanitation – Osinbajo

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has lamented that Nigeria loses so many lives and billions of naira to preventable water and sanitation-related diseases.

To corroborate his claims, Osinbajo quoted a report by the World Bank on the economic impact of poor sanitation, saying that Nigeria loses a total of N455 billion annually.

According to the report, open defecation accounts for a third of the said amount.

“The World Bank report on the economic impact of poor sanitation due to use of unsanitary or shared toilets and open defecation, estimates that Nigeria loses N455 billion annually, with open defecation accounting for a third of this amount. These costs include health care, loss of productivity, premature deaths, poor educational outcomes, among others,” the Vice President was quoted as saying in Abuja on Tuesday at the official rollout of the ‘Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet’ Campaign under the National programme to End Open Defecation in Nigeria.

Speaking further Osinbajo reiterated the plan of the Federal Government to bring an end to the menace by the year 2025.

He, however, noted that in order to be achieved the goal has to be a collective responsibility.

“Although we all know that the primary responsibility for provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services lie with the States and Local Government Areas, the Federal Government remains committed to supporting the States initiatives aimed at improving access to these services for the populace,” he said.

“To this end, States and the Federal Capital Territory should consider common-sense policy measures such as ensuring that construction sites are equipped with toilet facilities.

“Property development control regulators can also make it mandatory for buildings to include external toilet facilities for staff such as security guards.
These and other such measures will reduce the incidence of public defecation”.

See the full statement from the office of the Vice President below.

WE CAN NO LONGER IGNORE POOR SANITATION PRACTICES – OSINBAJO

The loss of lives and billions of naira to preventable water and sanitation-related diseases as a result of inadequate basic water supply and sanitation services is huge and should be brought to an end by an active collaboration between States and the Federal Government, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this in Abuja on Tuesday at the official roll out of the ‘Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet’ Campaign under the National programme to End Open Defecation in Nigeria.

At the event attended by several governors and their representatives, ministers and market women, amongst others, the Vice President said, “…we all must redouble our efforts and work together in order to meet the nation’s Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene needs.”

“As a Nation we simply cannot afford the huge costs including fatalities caused by preventable water and sanitation related diseases as a result of inadequate WASH services. In contributing to the government’s efforts, citizens must take action to avoid open defecation.

“There is no need to debate the point that sanitation is a major public health issue and that poor sanitation adversely impacts us all. The World Bank report on the economic impact of poor sanitation due to use of unsanitary or shared toilets and open defecation, estimates that Nigeria loses N455 billion annually, with open defecation accounting for a third of this amount. These costs include health care, loss of productivity, premature deaths, poor educational outcomes, among others.

“But perhaps some of the more dire costs of open defecation are those that cannot be quantified in monetary terms, the social costs, loss of dignity, lack of privacy and increased vulnerability to physical attacks and violence especially for women and girls,” the Vice President added.

Speaking further about the commitment of the Federal Government in addressing the menace the Vice President said the goal of putting an end to open defecation in Nigeria is a shared responsibility.

According to him, “Although we all know that the primary responsibility for provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services lie with the States and Local Government Areas, the Federal Government remains committed to supporting the States initiatives aimed at improving access to these services for the populace.
“To this end, States and the Federal Capital Territory should consider common sense policy measures such as ensuring that construction sites are equipped with toilet facilities.

“Property development control regulators can also make it mandatory for buildings to include external toilet facilities for staff such as security guards. These and other such measures will reduce the incidence of public defecation.

“As the President said during the launch of the National Action Plan last year, Federal Government’s support to States will be based on their commitment to implement the National WASH Action Plan in their respective states and to end open defecation by 2025. It is our expectation that this national launch will trigger State and LGA level launches leading to mass mobilization of all Nigerians.”

Speaking further, the Vice President said the Federal Government’s support to States will however be dependent on the efforts shown by States in implementing their action plans for the WASH sector.

On the measures initiated to by the Federal Government to boost Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) across the country, the Vice President said, “this administration has consistently affirmed its commitment to the development of the WASH sector in Nigeria.”

According to him, “the launch of the National Action Plan for the revitalization of the WASH sector and the declaration of a State of Emergency by the President last year was among the many initiatives of Government in addressing the challenges confronting the sector.

“The National Action Plan is phased into Emergency, Recovery and Revitalization stages”.

The first and current phase, he said, “is the emergency phase of the Action Plan. In the emergency stage, it is our desire to aggressively mobilize the entire country towards ending the practice of open defecation”.

Earlier in his remark, the Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu commended the collaboration with State governors and development partners in Nigeria’s quest to end open defecation by 2025.

He reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to actualising the target of ending open defecation across the country by 2025.

Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity
Office of the Vice President

Railway Wagon Assembly Plant To Employ About 5,000 Nigerians, Says Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the ongoing Wagon Assembly Plant in Kajola, Ogun state, will employ about 5,000 Nigerians directly and indirectly.

The project which was commissioned by Prof Osinbajo on Sunday, is a private investment undertaken by CCECC and is aimed at the production of rolling stock spare parts and maintenance equipment needed for the railway modernization programme of the Federal Government.

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Prof Osinbajo described the ground-breaking ceremony as a historic turning point owing to the significance of the railway as an alternative and comfortable mode of travel and holds the master key to transforming commerce in Nigeria.

“By linking our ports to rail lines and now, building the rolling stock locally, import and export business within and out of Africa’s largest market will be completely transformed. When completed, it is expected that the plant would produce some parts of the wagons for the Lagos – Ibadan, and Abuja – Kaduna rail lines, but also for the central rail lines and to satisfy the needs of other rail operators within the West-African sub-region.

“The plant would offer an important platform for engineers, technicians, artisans and other professionals to gain the specialized skills required for the production and maintenance of rolling stock. This will invariably conduce to spin-off businesses in the region of operation in particular and across the country wherever rail networks are in existence. The plant is expected to generate about five thousand (5,000) direct and indirect jobs.”

He told CCECC that President Muhammadu Buhari is hopeful that the project will speedily move to the next phase, which is the assembly and construction of coaches and locomotives.

“I have a message also for you from the President and this is to CCECC which is that we expect that you move on very quickly to the next phase of this project which is the assembly and construction of coaches and locomotives.

“This for us will be a significant breakthrough and we look forward to hearing from you as quickly as possible when this will come into operation,” he added.

He thanked the host community for showing support to the government while urging them to effectively cooperate with the contractors in safeguarding and protecting the investments.

VIDEO: Yes, 35 People Were Removed From Osinbajo’s Office – Garba Shehu


The Presidency has revealed that a total of 35 people were removed from the office of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, confirmed this to Channels Television during an interview on Politics Today on Friday.

He, however, insisted that there was no ulterior motive behind the decision, stressing that the relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Osinbajo was intact.

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Shehu said, “The fact that you are having less people reporting in the Villa for work does not in any way suggest that there is a split of the relationship.

“How many people were removed from the President’s office? I need to go back and do a check on their number but yes, 35 from the office of the vice president had been indicated as having been asked to leave.”

According to him, President Buhari had always wished that his administration was slimmer and lighter without spending unnecessary money to run governance.

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

 

The presidential aide denied any rift between the President and the Vice President, saying a divided government would not mean well for the leaders and the nation in general.

He explained that the sole aim of the reduction in the number of political appointees in the office of the Vice President was to save taxpayers’ money and nothing more than that.

Shehu said, “It is not by coincidence that you have a higher number coming from the office of the vice president because he had far more responsibilities than ordinarily with the case.

“So, it is not a relationship problem, it is purely official. The relationship between the President and the Vice President has remain cordial, solid, and a trusting one.”

“It has always been like this, it will continue to be like that. It is in the nation’s interest that we have government that is one.

“Division at the highest level of government is unhelpful. There is no division between them, there is good understanding, and as I said it is a trusting relationship,” he added.

Presidency Confirms Sack Of Osinbajo’s Aides, Gives Reasons

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (file)

 

 

The Presidency has confirmed the sack of some political appointees in the office of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Mr Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, gave reasons for the action in a statement on Friday.

The statement came amid reports that dozens of persons appointed in the office of the Vice President have been relieved of their duties.

The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) was reported to have distributed letters to the affected aides on Wednesday.

Professor Osinbajo is said to have scores of aides deployed in strategic positions in government such as the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

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Barely two days after the news of the sack surfaced, Mr Shehu confirmed that there has been “a streamlining of staff” going on for a while.

The President, according to him, had always had fewer staff than the Vice President and there were always plans to reduce the number of staff at the Aso Villa.

The presidential aide said, “The Presidency wishes to confirm that there is, on-going, an unprecedented overhaul of the nation’s seat of government, arising from which a number of political appointments have either been revoked or not renewed in the second term.”

Shehu explained that the exercise to relieve the appointees of their duties was in line with the directive of the President, adding that a number of political appointees among the few that served in President Muhammadu Buhari’s office were not returned for the second term.

According to him, the exercise aims to streamline decision-making, cut down multiple authorities and reduce the cost of running the present administration.

“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.

“In carrying out these exercises, the overriding objective is to save taxpayer money and deliver needed service to the public,” the presidential aide added.

He, however, denied reports of a rift between the President and the Vice President, stressing that the exercise was not targeted to undermine Professor Osinbajo’s office.

Read the full statement below:

BUHARI, OSINBAJO WILL, TOGETHER, SCRIPT A GLORIOUS FUTURE FOR NIGERIA

The Presidency wishes to confirm that there is, on-going, an unprecedented overhaul of the nation’s seat of government, arising from which a number of political appointments have either been revoked or not renewed in the Second Term.

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.

In carrying out these exercises, the overriding objective is to save taxpayer money and deliver needed service to the public.

As far as the President is concerned, there is no scope for an excuse for administration after getting a huge mandate to run the country for four more years.

In the light of this, 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.

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.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media and Publicity)

November 8, 2019

Overhaul Of Nigeria’s Seat Of Government Ongoing – Presidency

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

 

Some appointments have been revoked at the Presidential Villa, the Presidency has confirmed.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Friday.

He noted that this was done in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, although he denied the reports of a rift between the President and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Shehu said, “The Presidency wishes to confirm that there is ongoing, an unprecedented overhaul of the nation’s seat of government, arising from which a number of political appointments have either been revoked or not renewed in the second term.

“The Presidency wishes to strongly deny rumours of a rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.”

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The presidential aide explained that the development was an exercise that has been ordered by the President to streamline decision-making, cut down multiple authorities, and reduce the cost of administration.

According to him, 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,” Shehu noted.

He added, “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.”

 

An Excellent Relationship?

The President’s spokesman stressed that in carrying out the exercises, the overriding objective was to save taxpayers’ money and deliver the needed service to Nigerians.

He believes there is no scope for an excuse for the present administration after getting the mandate to run the country for another four years, as far as the President is concerned.

Contrary to reports of a rift between the first and second citizens, Shehu insisted that the relationship between the two leaders “remains excellent and trusting”.

“Together, they will script a glorious future for the nation,” he said.

The presidential aide, however, decried that reports of a soured relationship were originating from the minds and mouths of those he described as mischief-makers.

He alleged that there was an ulterior motive behind the reports, saying that was the basis of the wrong interpretation given to the recent exercise in the Presidency.

The President, according to his media aide, has always had fewer staff than the Vice President and there were always plans to reduce the number of staff at the Presidential Villa.

He stated that there has been a streamlining of staff going on for a while and the exercise was not personal.

Shehu insisted that the exercise was not targeted to undermine the Vice President’s office, as it was reported.

“The President is in absolute control of his government. There cannot be anyone too powerful for President Buhari to control,” he said.