Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu are set to be reappointed as personal aides to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, a report has revealed.
Adesina, a former president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), was appointed as Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in 2015, while Shehu, also another ex-NGE president, was appointed as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity within the same period.
Both men were the image-makers of President Buhari during his first four years and have continued acting in such capacity after his second-term inauguration, even though their appointments have not been officially confirmed.
However, the biggest casualty, perhaps, in the reshuffling of the president’s inner circle team is Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), TheCable reports.
Enang was also appointed in 2015 by President Buhari.
It was learnt that Enang, a former federal legislator from 1999-2015, will be replaced by Omoworare Babajide, a former senator from Osun State.
Babajide, it was gathered, was picked by the ninth Senate as its preferred liaison officer after President Buhari asked the upper chamber to nominate their choice.
“In the spirit of his cordial relationship with the senate, the president asked them to nominate someone they can work with and they picked Babajide.
“We expect the cordial relationship to continue so that the president can deliver on his Next Level agenda,” a senator from the north-east said.
Asked to confirm Enang’s removal, Shehu directed that all enquiries should be forwarded to Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
“The SGF is in the best position to speak on that,” Shehu told the Punch.
Enang defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) just before the 2015 general elections.
He represented the Itu and Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2011, and also represented Akwa Ibom North-East senatorial district from 2011-2015.