The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that he never called agitators for restructuring as “political jobbers”.
Reacting to a statement credited to a chieftain of the pan-Yoruba socio cultural group Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo denounced news report ascribing the statement to him.
In a press release signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, the acting president said, “I did not describe those asking for restructuring as political jobbers. 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.
“The Acting President himself have expressed support for State police based on the community policing model, advocated for 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.
Osinbajo came under fire from various quarters of the Nigerian mediasphere last week for comment attributed to him that those calling for restructuring are looking for appointments.