Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has distanced himself from reports linking him to a statement that those calling for the restructuring of the country are political jobbers.
Many analysts in the electronic media who had wondered whether the acting president, a thoroughbred professor could ever have made such a statement, can now heave a sigh of relief.
According to Mr Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicicy, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, the assertion was linked to the acting president by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, an Afenifere chieftain.
“While several newspapers and media outlets reported Osinbajo’s speech last wednesday, not one of the publications made such a blatantly inaccurate claim that he said those asking for restructuring were political jobbers”
“At no time did the acting president say that those asking for restructuring were political jobbers looking for appointments. The video, audio tapes and full text of the vice president’s speech at The National Summit organised last week by the Department of State Security (DSS) are publicly available.” Akande said.
“Besides, the debate on restructuring is an important one and the calls for restructuring cover a wide range of legitimate and constitutionally valid issues.”
According to the presidential aide, all Nigerians have both a right and a duty to advance their arguments on whether Nigeria should be restructured or not.
Akande recalled that the acting president had once expressed support for State Police based on the community policing model, advocated for devolution of powers to the States and fiscal federalism. The Buhari administration has been active in supporting State rights in several ways, including in fiscal matters and will continue to do so,’’ he added.