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Buhari, Osinbajo’s ‘aides’ stripped of salaries, privileges

Aides of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, whose appointments have not been renewed since the expiration of the last administration on May 29, may be currently in a fix.

Appointees of the president, who occupy various positions in the Presidency, were expected to leave office at the end of President Buhari’s first tenure on May 28, 2019.

It was gathered that appointment letters issued to all the presidential aides had actually given May 29, 2019, as the termination date of their appointments.

President Buhari has not renewed the appointment of any of the aides since taking a fresh oath of office over a month ago.

Without asking them to leave their posts, the president has allowed the coterie of aides to continue serving the government, thereby generating confusion.

The status of the presidential aides has generated controversy with lawyers describing the aides’ staying on as illegal.

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Over 100 aides serving Messrs Buhari and Osinbajo and their spouses are affected by the logjam, including Mr Buhari’s spokespersons, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu.

A source at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said only three appointees in the presidency are not affected by the glitch.

Those not affected are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Mr. Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and the deputy chief of staff who serves Mr. Osinbajo, Adeola Ipaye. (PREMIUM TIMES)