The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has reacted to the reported sacking of 35 aide to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari.
In the face of the alleged political crisis in Aso Rock, the apex Christian body attempted to justify Buhari’s decision, saying the President has the right to fire aides he appointed.
However, CAN described Osinbajo as one of the most loyal Vice Presidents in Africa, adding that the sacking of the aides may not have been done in bad faith.
The association added that the sack of the aides, if true, cannot cause any rift between the president and his deputy.
CAN’s national director, legal and public affairs of CAN, Evang Samuel Kwamkur, said “We believe President Buhari has a reason for dismissing the aides to his deputy.
“However, it is left for him to explain to Nigerians why he had to let them go.
“He added that the association does not believe there is a political rift between the president and Osinbajo.
“We believe the rumoured rift in the presidency is imaginary and the handiwork of mischief makers who seek to overheat the polity ahead of 2023 general elections.”
The association, however, called on Buhari and Osinbajo to remember they were re-elected on a joint ticket and that there are expectations from those who voted for them.
“If there are rancour and bitterness among the people at the lowest levels of our society, the same should not be heard of, or seen at the highest levels of the presidency,” CAN urged advising that the duo should relate on personal basis rather than through aides.