Senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu has said that Buhari’s administration will not stand for disloyalty in its camp and as such would have already fished out anyone with bad intentions.
This was as a response to some allegations leveled against Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He explained that the reason these allegations have come up is because Kyari will not give money away just to please people.
“A careful assessment of some these allegations with a rational mind will show that there is an orchestrated campaign to smear the CoS and indirectly the president,” he said.
“If I can speculate on the matter, I will say that the problem Malam Abba Kyari has with most people is that he, like the president he serves, will not throw money at people in order to please them.
“No chief of staff, including this one, can create hurdles for a president and survive the next day.
“As CoS, malam has refused to keep cash imprest and has turned down a monthly grant of N200 million customarily given to the office.
“This is money freely spent because they were not required to account for what they did with it.”
Speaking on the allegations that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was being stifled by the same cabal controlling the President’s actions, Shehu said there is no truth to the rumors.
“As acting president, Vice-President Osinbajo enjoyed the support of the villa staff and the entire cabinet. Otherwise, he would not have succeeded and earn the praises of the president,” he said.
“It is difficult to understand what anyone wants to achieve peddling such falsehood that the president, himself a former military general and head of state and commander-in-chief is subject to undue influence and manipulation,” he said.
“It is both ridiculous and inconceivable.
“As someone who works very closely with President Buhari, I can testify to how my years of experience as a newspaper editor are often put to the test by the sheer thoroughness with which the President edits every single document brought to his desk.
“Every memo, statement, speech, is subject to his intense scrutiny, right down to the placement of commas and full stops.
“But, of course, the president cannot do everything. He cannot micromanage every task.
“That is why he needs close officials, whom he trusts, who will be willing to offend others in the process of ensuring his own safety and well-being, and the advancement of his vision for Nigeria.”