- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo joins other ECOWAS heads of state and government at a summit in Niger Republic
- Laolu Akande, a spokesperson in the office of the vice president, says the summit will review the on-going situation in Guinea Bissau
- The vice president’s office also discredits reports alleging that the presidency sacked some aides
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is attending an extraordinary Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit in Niamey, Niger Republic.
Channels TV reports that Laolu Akande, a spokesperson in the office of the vice president said on Friday morning, November 8, that Osinbajo joined other ECOWAS heads of state and government at the summit.
The office of the vice president stated that the on-going situation in Guinea Bissau will also be reviewed at the summit.
In another news report, Laolu Akande called on the public to ignore a list circulating in the media alleging that some presidential aides have been sacked.
A news report had surfaced on Wednesday, November 6, claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari sacked 35 aides working in the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
The said report listed Jibola Ajayi, daughter of Abiola Ajimobi, former governor of Oyo state and Babajide, grandson of Obafemi Awolowo, and others as those affected by the decision. But Akande in a tweet on Thursday, 7 November, discredited the said report.
Meanwhile in the face of the alleged political crisis in Aso Rock, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has described Professor Yemi Osinbajo as one of the most loyal vice presidents in Africa.
CAN also argued that the reported sack of 35 aides to the vice president may not have been done in bad faith since, in the first instance, they were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The association added that the sack of the aides, if true, cannot cause any rift between the president and his deputy.
The national director, legal and public affairs of CAN, Evang Samuel Kwamkur, said President Buhari has the right to sack aides he appointed.
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