There was a mild drama between the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, during the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday, Nov. 1.
Before the commencement of the FEC meeting, as the dignitaries were waiting for the arrival of President Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo and Chief of Staff to the President Abba Kyari were engaged in discussion in a form that suggested that they were questioning Oyo-Ita.
A video showing the altercation between the two government officials has emerged and is trending online. In the viral video, Oyo-Ita was seen angrily gesticulating while trying to make her point and appeared to be engaged in a heated argument with the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, as Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo listened to the two sides.
After some time, Oyo-Ita went back to her seat but in a short while, rose again and headed straight to Osinbajo, who also engaged her in a discussion though in a hushed tone perhaps over the issue.
The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, later joined the conversation after which the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation was seen calming the Head of Service. She was later asked to return to her seat by the Deputy Chief of Staff Femi Ipaye, when it was now obvious all eyes were fixed on them.
Though the topic of the discussion is unknown, it is, however, believed to be connected with the leaked memo Oyo-Ita had recently sent to President Buhari in respect of the controversial recall of the sacked Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Those in attendance at the Council Chamber for the meeting were the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Service Chiefs and Ministers, and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun among others.
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Meanwhile, pro and anti-Kyari groups hit the streets of Abuja on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in protest either to show solidarity for Abba Kyari, or call for his immediate dismissal.
The protests were relatively peaceful, as security operatives kept watch over both groups. The anti-Kyari protesting group under the aegis of “Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative”, was led by some of its conveners, Maina Yaumi and Ruby Nyananyo, while the pro-Kyari group, under the umbrella of Due Process group, was led by Hon. Hussaini Monguno.
Speaking on behalf the anti-Kyari group, Nyananyo said they were demanding for President Buhari to sack Kyari for allegedly “derailing the presidency, masterminding corrupt practices at the topmost hierarchy of government, denying Ministers of the Federal Republic access to President Buhari, and putting clogs in the wheel of the administration’s march towards progress.”
On the other hand, Monguno, said the pro-Kyari group staged the counter-protest to defend Kyari who, according to him, deserves the support of all Nigerians as he continues his good works of directing affairs at the Presidency for the success of the Buhari government.
Monguno claimed that the anti-Kyari protests were sponsored by disgruntled elements within the All Progressives Congress (APC), who have resolved to sow seeds of discord within the Party by tarnishing the images of perceived pillars of the APC before defecting to the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of 2019.
According to him, those against Kyari were enemies of progress, the APC, and Nigeria at large.
“We know those behind the anti-Kyari protests. We are protesting their demand for his immediate sack.
“Kyari is close to 70yrs and has a track record of honesty and integrity behind him. If anyone has any grievance against him which is backed by tangible evidence, they should write to the President and also make same public through proper channels rather than storming the streets with banners and placards to create the false impression that an innocent man is derailing the government and causing cracks within the Presidency,” Monguno said.
The pro-Kyari protesters, mostly men and teenage boys, were armed with placards bearing several inscriptions and chanting solidarity songs that conveyed their loyalty and support for the President’s Chief-of-Staff.