Buhari presides over FEC as Abba Kyari, Oyo-Ita ‘reconcile’

From left: National Security Adviser, retired Brig.-Gen Babagana Mongunu; Head of Civil Service of the 
Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita; Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari and the Representative of the Seceretary to the 
Government of the Federation, Hajiya Habiba Lawan at the Federal Executive Council Meeting in Abuja on Wednesday (8/11/17) 05946/8/11/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN
From left: National Security Adviser, retired Brig.-Gen Babagana Mongunu; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita; Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari and the Representative of the Seceretary to the Government of the Federation, Hajiya Habiba Lawan at the Federal Executive Council Meeting in Abuja on Wednesday (8/11/17) 05946/8/11/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the meeting of the Federal Council, FEC, with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and cabinet ministers in attendance.

Others attending the meeting included the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, as well as some presidential aides.

Before the arrival of President Buhari at the Council Chamber, Mr. Kyari and Mrs. Oyo-Ita hugged themselves while greeting.

Mrs. Oyo-Ita, who arrived at the chamber before Mr. Kyari, had also approached Mr. Osinbajo smiling as she greeted him.

Last Wednesday, a hot argument ensued between Mrs. Oyo-Ita and Mr. Kyari at FEC in the presence of Mr. Osinbajo before the commencement of the meeting.

The video of their encounter has been circulating in the social media since the incident occurred on November 1.

Although details of the cause of the argument could not be verified, they were believed to have been discussing the roles of different officials in the controversial recall and promotion of a fugitive, Abdulrasheed Maina, to the civil service.

Mr. Maina has since gone back into hiding since PREMIUM TIMES broke the news of his reinstatement forcing President Muhammadu Buhari to order his immediate discharge following public outcry.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how two ministers, Abubakar Malami of Justice and Abdulrahman Dambazau of Interior, played major roles in the reinstatement. The State Security Service, SSS, also provided security for Mr. Maina, as admitted to by his family.

Mr. Buhari is yet to act on a report sent by Mrs. Oyo-Ita on the controversial reinstatement.

The Presidency, had on November 3, dismissed media reports that there was a fight between Mr. Kyari and Mrs. Oyo-Ita at the meeting.

It also denied the report claiming that Mr. Buhari summoned Mr. Kyari and Mrs. Oyo-Ita over the alleged fight.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, made the denial in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.


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  • cheky

    Why is there reconciliation when the presidency denied the rift between them in the first place.

    • Ubong

      We should salute these shrewd northern political guys. They know the political game while still executing their northen_ability to make sure some people see themselves as second class citizen in a third world country. However i commended oyo ita for not agreeing to being responsible for Maina reinstatement. Presidency must not embark on destroying President Buhari personal reputation. Rather they must appreciate the fact that Buhari singlehandedly won the election for APC and not the thieves hanging around him as either ministers or aides.

      • emmanuel

        Buhari is not Jega. Jega single handedly rigged Buhari.
        Umar, Buhari is dirtier than Abba Kyari

        • ubong

          My point is that Buhari was better than GEJ in many ways . Northern PDP members knew and understood the political game at that moment and their interest of making sure political power returns to them. Buhari in terms of personality and leadership was a better candidate and the core north got the game smarter than our southern political self appointed leaders. 98% APC are formers looters from PDP but Nigerian were interested in Buhar and anyone identifying with Buhari, whether its a known thief or not. We should salute those still in PDP today. I see them as principled politicians. They have refused to join APC despite persecution and harassment by corrupt and lopsided EFCC

  • Sam

    Unnecessary.

  • realist

    They’ve confirmed that truly they had serious argument about Meina. Must they now showcase their reconciliation, can’t they meet elsewhere very childish and petty. This is how the matter will die naturally because as the woman and Maina family had said, Oga on top is the master minder.

  • Otile

    See how they con our sister to kiss and makeup with them while our money goes.

  • JasV

    This Garba Shehu now confirmed unreliable, pathological liar.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    This reconciliation has nothing to do with the average Nigerian. The pertinent questions surrounding the criminal breach of official process in the Mainagate scandal remain unanswered .

    THE ATTORNEY GENERAL LIED

    THE PRESIDENT, MUHAMMADU BUHARI WAS DEEPLY IMPLICATED

    DAMBAZZAU WAS FINGERED

    KYARI WAS FINGERED

    THE HOS DENIED AND POINTED AT THE ABOVE

    NIGERIANS NEED JUSTICE ……

    BUHARI AND HIS FULANI CABAL ARE SWEEPING THEIR ILLICIT ACTIVITIES UNDER THE RUG.

  • Lanre

    Governance in Nigeria is all about deceit. Garba Shehu said there was no conflict between these two government officials. Why do we have a Photo-op showing the two holding and hugging? Oh, I get it. Mrs. Kyari reported Oyo-Ita to Muhamudu Buhari for cooking better ponmo than she can cook. Abba Kyari now hugs Oyo-Ita to apologize for his wife’s indiscretion. Yeah, that must be it.

  • chinedu

    Whoever scripted,directed,and produced this movie is an amateur without prospects. The movie has a very poor content and therefore not convincing. The cast and crew should have considered or had some respect for the mature audience. We are still waiting for the real movie story called Mainagate.