There has been commotion at the seat of power, Aso Rock Villa over the sudden plan to disengage some of the presidential aides formerly in the Vice President’s office, outside the directive of President Mohammadu Buhari, who is currently out of the country
It was learnt that the current move being masterminded by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, is a knee-jerk reaction to weekend’s perceived vote of confidence passed on the embattled VP, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo by the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar
Informed sources hinted that while the President had already personally approved the appointment of all the 35 aides reportedly disengaged, he had also instructed their deployment to other ministries as part of a reorganization of the presidency proposed to him by the same Kyari, who is seen to be engaging the VP in a power tussle.
While the Emir of Daura, His Royal Highness Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar had spoken so highly of the VP at the installation ceremony of the President’s cousin, Musa Haro as the new Dan-Madamin of Daura last Saturday, the Chief of Staff was present and was reportedly pissed.
The Emir’s effusive praise of the VP, at the event on his loyalty to the president and commitment to project Nigeria was seen as a deliberate attempt by the Emir to smite the so-called Aso Villa cabal and rubbish all they have been doing to curtail and humiliate the VP in an attempt to orchestrate a tussle between the President and the VP.
The sources said the President had already approved all the aides of the VP and stipulated those to be in the villa, and those to be in the ministries.
But by Monday, two days after the Emir of Daura praised the VP’s loyalty and service, the Chief of Staff mounted pressure on the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Alhaji Boss Mustapha, that all the aides deployed to the ministries should be disengaged.
He however exempted those sent to the new ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development.
Top government sources added that the SGF was told it was the President who made the decision, causing confusion and raising doubts about such a claim, since it was same President that approved all the presidential aides in the office of the VP.
The official correspondence between the President’s office and the office of the SGF specifies that President Buhari approved all he deployments only few weeks ago
But the SGF was prevailed upon, after a shouting march between him and the Chief of Staff on claims that it was what the President wanted, even as there was no proof to such a claim.
An informed source last night said “it was the public admonition by the Emir that infuriated the cabal.
The buzz within government circle now is how an aide could possibly pervert a presidential decision that is written in black and white
Sources close to the President express concern that today’s development with the news of the alleged sacking of some of the VP’S aides might worry the President who had warned that some of the recent changes that affected the VP’S role are not misunderstood or used to embarrass him, ( the President), in the perception of the Nigerian public.