I Did Not Call Advocates Of Restructuring ‘Political Jobbers’ – Osinbajo
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has expressed surprise at the news report quoting a leading Yoruba elder statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo as saying he described those agitating for restructuring as political jobbers.
The Afenifere chieftain had yesterday Monday at the Southern Leaders Forum meeting in Lagos, faulted the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinabjo for describing those agitating for restructuring as political jobbers.
“The Acting President was born on the principle of restructuring. Myself and his father were followers of Awolowo since the 1950s, he cannot say we are looking for appointment, is it me or Horsfall or Gen Ike Nwachukwu? It just shows someone in position, but does not understand the problem of the people he is leading”, Adebayo was quoted to have said.
While responding to this in a press statement issued, the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President, Laolu Akande, stated that at no time did the Acting President say that those asking for restructuring were political jobbers looking for appointments.
“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 and media outlets reported Prof. Osinbajo’s said speech last Wednesday, not one of the publications made such a blatantly inaccurate claim that he said those asking for restructuring were political jobbers”.
“Besides, the debate on restructuring is an important one and the calls for restructuring 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”, he said.
The Acting President himself has expressed support for State police based on the community policing model, devolution of powers to the States and fiscal federalism. Besides, the Buhari administration has been active in supporting State rights in several ways including in fiscal matters and will continue to do so.