President Muhammadu Buhari has explained that the ongoing reorganization at the presidency, which he ordered recently, was aimed at enhancing service delivery to Nigerians, and not an ethnic or political agenda against his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo.
The reorganization had entailed sacking and redeploying about 35 aides and political appointees of Vice-President Osinbajo, which had caused ripples in the polity amid speculations of ethnic cleansing in the presidency and rift between Buhari and Osinbajo.
However, fielding questions from journalists at the Presidential Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, shortly after his arrival from London on Friday night, President Buhari described the speculations as unfortunate.
“They said 35 people were sacked in the Vice President’s office. We just created some ministries and we reorganized and people are giving it ethnic and political dimensions. It is unfortunate,’’ he said in response to reporters’ questions.
Also responding to a question on what next for his administration after a well-deserved rest in London, the President said: ‘‘We are going to work harder and be accountable. We have tried to make Nigerians understand why we do certain things. Accountability from bottom to top is absolutely necessary.
“Whoever is responsible for government property, (should know) it is public property, it is not personal and he has to manage it according to the law.”
“That’s what I expect and I think that we have been around long enough to impress on people that we mean what we say”.