Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has expressed surprise at the report that he described those agitating for restructuring as political jobbers.
A statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said that at no time did the acting President describe those asking for restructuring as political jobbers looking for appointments.
He said the video, audio tapes and full text of Osinbajo’s speech at last week’s National Security summit organised by the Department of State Services (DSS) are publicly available.
The statement said: “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 had 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.”