From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has denied describing those agitating for restructuring as ‘political jobbers’.
Osinbajo had, at the National Security summit organised last week by the Department of State Services (DSS), said: “Those calling for restructuring are looking for appointment. When they say they want restructuring, what they want is appointment. Some people told us Nigeria is a ‘geographical expression’ although it was not even original to them.”
Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said at no time did Osinbajo say those asking for restructuring were political jobbers looking for appointments. The statement read: “The video, audio tapes and full text of his speech at the National Security summit organised last week by the Department of State Services (DSS) are publicly available.
“While several newspapers reported Prof. 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. “The debate on restructuring is an important one and the calls cover a wide range of legitimate and constitutionally valid issues. Indeed, all Nigerians have both a right and a duty to advance their arguments on the subject.
“The Acting President has expressed support for State police based on the community policing model, advocated for devolution of powers to the States and fiscal federalism. Besides, the Buhari administration has been active in supporting State rights in several ways, including fiscal matters, and will continue to do so.”