Presidency speaks on Chief of Staff Kyari, Head of Service Oyo-Ita ‘feud’

Kyari/Oyo-Ita confrontation Picture
Kyari/Oyo-Ita confrontation Picture [Photo Credit: THISDAYLIVE]

The Presidency has finally reacted to reports that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, and the Head of Service of the Federation, Oyo Ita, feuded over the Maina scandal.

The presidency said the reports were “fabricated”.

Mr. Kyari and Mrs. Oyo-Ita were on Wednesday captured on camera having a heated argument as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo appeared to be mediating at the presidential villa, before the arrival of President Buhari for the Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting.

Media reports said the exchanges between the two officials, both linked to the controversial recall of a former civil servant, Abdulrasheed Maina, were about a leaked letter sent by Mrs. Oyo-Ita to Mr. Buhari about Mr. Maina’s reinstatement.

Mr. Maina is the former chairman of the Presidential Task Team of Pension Reforms, who was surreptitiously reinstated and promoted to a Director in the Civil service even after he was declared wanted by the EFCC years ago.

In the leaked memo, Mrs. Oyo-Ita said she had informed President Buhari of the recall, the clearest testimony yet to also put the president at the centre of the scandal.

But a spokesperson to Mr. Buhari, Garba Shehu, on Friday met with State House journalists at the presidential villa and requested “a higher sense of responsibility”, by the media.

Mr. Shehu described newspaper reports of a row between the government officials as “fabrications that could only have been conjured by correspondents who would probably make better fiction writers than journalists.”

He said it was impossible for the conversation between Mr. Kyari, and the Head of Service of the Federation to have been heard by any journalist, as the distance between the correspondents and the two government officials as they addressed the Vice President at Wednesday’s FEC meeting, “would have made their conversation completely inaudible to the journalists.”

“People can debate and argue over issues, but to suggest that there was a feud, a fight or a clash was to take matters beyond what they were,” the he said.

Mr. Shehu also denied any suggestion that the two government officials had been summoned to see the president over the confrontation, saying that was yet another example of conjecture.

“Top government officials of that calibre see the President on a regular basis. To suggest that they were summoned to see him as a result of a so-called feud is just a fabrication, a conclusion that is below the level of responsible journalism that we expect from our State House correspondents,” he said.


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  • Tunde

    I saw that video and wondered how they heard the conversation! This is yet another hyped up story by the press that is so unprofessional and untrue! One day you lot will go too far and hopefully a scape goat will emerge to be punished severely!

    Then the headline narrative will be press being muffled by executive; forgetting that your sham reporting caused it!

    We’ll done Mr Garba Sheri!

    • APC CorruptionInfluencers

      Tundemash, repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!
      Why aren’t you bothered yur lord buhari has not been able to deny he was told about maina?
      The fact that you can’t even use your known moniker shows your lord has disgraced you guys.
      At your age! Shame on you!!!

      • Powerlessconscious

        Shutup. Enemies of Nigerians. Enemies of govt.
        Just because of pdp

        Is it a taboo for pdp to loose election?
        You guys can commit suicide, pdp will not come back to power. Shameless.

  • APC PensionHeistPromoters

    Wow! Wow!!! This is terrible! Wetin he talk? No head! No tail!
    These APC guys are terrible!
    Beautiful NONSENSE!
    And we thought Abati and okupe were bad? Shehu and adesina are in a league of their own!
    I’m speechless.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    GarbaGE Shehu, okay, there was no altercation at all. Actually, it was clear from the video that Ita-Oyo and Abba Kyari were about to kiss themselves.

    • Law Guru


      Muhamadu Buhari has a case to answer under the law

      Garba Shehu is best ignored as President Buhari’s lies-telling palace guard. President Buhari himself has a case
      to answer. For four weeks now President Buhari has kept quiet and hoping that the scandal of his signing away 35 billion dollars’ worth of contracts at NNPC – without the knowledge of NNPC Board of Directors or the resolution
      of the federal executive council
      – would blow away or simply be forgotten in the noise surrounding the other corruption scandal also implicating President Buhari who was warned since 12th October against the illegal reinstatement of Mr. Maina – a wanted criminal suspect on Interpol red alert – as a Director in the Ministry
      of Interior; with 22 million Naira back pay for his having been a fugitive from justice for three years, during
      which he abandoned his duty post in the Ministry and ran away to United Arab Emirates to escape court
      trial for stealing. For so long as President Buhari was implicated directly in both corruption scandals,
      it does not lie in the mouth of Garba Shehu – his palace guard – to tell anyone in Nigeria how to
      report the news of Buhari’s serial corruption.

    • absam777

      kiss ke., dey be lovers? Abeg don’t let me choke on my coffee.:)

  • Lanre

    This government and its spokesmen have no shame. If this was PDP you will see them scrambling over the whole place to accuse and vilify. The question at hand is simple: Did Muhammudu Buhari know about the recall of the fugitive government official – Maina? If so, what was the point of requesting his dismissal and behaving like he was unaware of the scandal? That is the issue. Anyway, I am not worried. It is those who believe in the government that have a problem.

  • Liberty

    There can be no doubts that PMB is leading a bitterly divided government. This is most fortunate.
    Notwithstanding its modest achievements especially in counter insurgency campaigns, this administration may just go away as the most scandalous in the recent history of Nigeria.

    • FineBoy

      You chose to divide it.

      Watch CNN, all they do 24/7 in to find loopholes in Trump statements.

      Sadly critics like that can never become Presidents

      • Daniel

        Is this how to run a government?

        This is a government in chaos.

        No policy, no direction.

        Only propaganda to feed people like you.

        • FineBoy

          Are u an infant or senile?

          If u r adult, register and contest.

          The best managers are always on social media abusing everything and everybody.

          • Daniel

            I am free to castigate your do- nothing president Buhari.

            He is paid to do his job, yet here we are : unmitigated disaster!

          • FineBoy

            Take heart.
            The best managers are always on social media.

            I understand your expertise.

          • Elbash

            God bless u fineBoy

          • Daniel

            You make up the last dregs of Buhari ‘s shameless supporters.

            The proverbial stubborn fly that follows a dead body to the grave.

            Buhari is an incompetent president that cannot be redeemed.

          • FineBoy

            We chose him over you and all your expertise.

            You can wail, lament even bewail, we simply chose him over you and your preferred candidate.


          • Daniel

            Enjoy the reality of your poverty and pain.

            Your hard luck.

            Fanatical stupidity for an incompetent man.

          • FineBoy

            If riches is through kidnapping, robbery, ashewo and looting, please hold it.

            We have got what you can never take away. That is the power.

            U can migrate to Cambodia or join the $6,000 Mediterranean cruise.


  • Daniel

    This government is in chaos and has always been from day one.

    Education is priceless.

    Sadly the number one citizen lacks even the basic one.

    • monnie Uwa

      Dear Beloveth Daniel, the present Government is righting the wrongs of the past. Yes things are hard to those who benefited from the free money of the past government. Honestly when you leave above your income and the hole is blocked, surely you MUST cry woof. Thank God PMB came, I agreed that PMB surrounded himself with criminals, our tomorrow will be better than today, PDPings are the enemies of the Nigerian people. visionless, planliness and wasteful minds with them and their families first. When the PDPigs asked for the oil money, did they think of tomorrow. Useless men is Government, the PDPigs past will continue to hunt them.

      • Daniel

        The government makes everything worse.

        We now talk about billions of dollars shady contracts by Buhari and his.

        Scandals and poor leadership all over the place.

  • Powerlessconscious

    The illiterate pdpigs are not ready to understand this. They are like zombie being controlled by remote control. Anti-govt is their hobby.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Yea, the feud was ‘fabricated’ really. i learned that the video of the ‘two feuding gladiators’ just dropped from the skies and inundated the entire Cyberspace!

    Good grief, why is this person called Fake News dropping in on us and feeding us beer and popcorn all the time!

  • Abubakar Sani

    Mal Garba, u can explain n explain as u want, that is ur job but don’t u ever think Nigerians are fools…….lips reading is part of journalist training. the fact remains that as far as this sort of blunder will keep happening which is d first in the history of Nigeria, PMB will keep loosing support everywhere in Nigeria north included. We all know that as far as PMB will always be in d defensive then we have the right to believe wat we r all seeing. Is unfortunate how trustees of PMB are d ones setting the stage for his destruction. PMB should listen to us n act or 2019 will he his greatest experience…….

  • Felicia Akinwale

    Garbage Shehu, the video is so glaring. Kyari and Omo-ita (sorry Oyo-ita) were feuding over an issue. That is incontrovertible. If you believe otherwise, your brain needs a check up and a checking out.