Reports indicate that President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Senator Ita Enang as his Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate).
The Akwa Ibom State native was one of the several presidential aides who had held on in office even at the expiration of the first term of the current administration without renewal of appointments.
The Guardian reports that when it contacted for comments, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, said the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, was in a better position to speak on the matter.
According to reports, Enang’s sacking is coming barely three days after a rancorous radio appearance where he vehemently defended Federal Government’s Ruga programme.
Premium Times had reported exclusively that the position has been given to a former Osun Senator, Omoworare Babajide, neither the Presidency or Mr. Enang has debunked the story.
While appearing on a local radio station Planet FM appeared on Planet FM, a local radio station in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Friday the vocal senator was ssid to have made a vehement case forthe controversial Ruga programme.
“Virtually 95 per cent of cows on the streets of Akwa Ibom State are owned by indigenous politicians both former and serving, clerics and bigwigs in the business circle.
“I have the list and if I’m dared the more, I will publish it for public consumption,” Mr. Enang is quoted to have said during the radio show.
Reports further showed that his position on the radio came a day after suspected herdsmen killed one Friday Etor and injured one Nsikak Udo in Ikot Obio Nso, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state.
Mr. Etor died on the spot from gunshots in the neck while Mr. Udoh was shot in the leg on their farmlands.
The unwarranted attack on the two indigenes of the state on Thursday had resulted in a public outcry and a demand for justice by people of the state across party lines.
The state Governor, Udom Emmanuel had directed the Secretary to the State Government, Emmanuel Ekuwem to visit and commiserate with victims of the violence.
But in a daring move, the presidential aide had insisted the Ruga programme was the best for the country and strongly justified why Nigerians should support it.
Mr. Enang had been speaking so loudly even when the Presidency had indicated that the Ruga programme had been suspended.
He even told Akwa Ibom students in the Nigerian Law School during a visit to his office the Federal Government budgeted N2.2 billion for the establishment of Ruga settlements across the country.
On August 6, Mr. Enang had also appeared on Arisetv.com where he, among other things spoke on the Ruga programme.