Monday, 5 June 2017

I’m not appointing my church members, kinsmen to offices - Osinbajo tells critics

The Presidency on Sunday faulted an allegation of nepotism recently levelled against the Acting President , Yemi Osinbajo , by one Ismailia Farouk .

Farouk, in a message , that went viral on the social media , accused Osinbajo of appointing his aides majorly from his church , the Redeemed Christian Church of God , or from the South -West , where he hails from .

But a statement from the Presidency on Sunday quoted Osinbajo ’ s Senior Special Assistant on Legal Matters , Dr Bilkisu Saidu, has dismissing the allegation while speaking on “ Shirin Safe , ” an interview programme on BBC Hausa Radio on Sunday .

The statement quoted Saidu as describing the nepotism allegation as ‘ laughable, untrue, unfair and should not be taken seriously ’ .

The presidential aide was reported to have claimed that most senior positions in Osinbajo ’ s office were held by Muslims including by individuals from the North .

“If you are talking about religion , the most senior official or position in the Office of the Vice - President apart from the Vice -President himself is the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President and the name of the person occupying that office is Abdulrahman Ipaye and he is a Muslim.

“The positions following the Chief of Staff’ s in the order of hierarchy are the Special Advisers in the office of the Vice -President .

Here there are three Special Advisers and two out of the three Special Advisers are Muslims , Senator Babafemi Ojudu and Barrister Mariam Uwais from Kano State .

“If you look at the remaining senior positions in that office , most of them are in the hands of Muslims from the North , ” Saidu said.

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