The Presidency has dismissed suggestions of a crack in the presidency following the swift action taken by the Acting President to sack the Director General of Department of State Secuirty.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, insists that the presidency is on the same page on the reaction of the administration to what happened at the National Assembly on Wednesday.
He dismissed reports that the acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo’s decision to sack the Director General, Department of State Service (DSS), Lawal Daura, had anything to do with power struggle between him and President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday,
Adesina said that President Buhari was fully aware of the events that led to the sacking of the former DG of DSS.
The FEC meeting was presided over by acting President Osinbajo at Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to Adesina, “The presidency is one. Whenever the President is proceeding on vacation he transmits power to the Vice-President who then becomes acting President.
“On this occasion he also did that. So the acting President has all the powers of a president.
“Now, it is then a matter of decency and we know that the acting president is a decent man. There is no tussle for power, there is no tough battle between him and the president.
“When something like what happened yesterday (Tuesday) would happen then there will be unanimity, there is no way there won’t be unanimity on that kind of decision.
“It is not something that will be discussed with the press but know that there was unanimity in that decision.’’
Osinbajo had on Aug. 7 ordered the termination of the appointment of Daura, with a directive for him to handover the running of the department to the most senior person.
Mr Matthew B. Seiyefa has since assumed duty as the acting Director-General of DSS.
Daura was appointed by President Buhari on July 2, 2015, following the dismissal of his predecessor, Ita Ekpeyong.