All the media lies about Kyari, Oyo-Ita slanging match
President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide Garba Shehu on Friday said all the media noise about the fight that broke between CoS Abba Kyari and Head of Civil Service Winifred Oyo-Ita are made up.
He said no journalists could have heard the subject of the altercation that occurred between the two before the Wednesday Federal Executive Council.
According to him, the distance between the State House correspondents and the two government officials as they addressed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo 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,” Sheu said.
He also denied reports that Kyari and Oyo-Ita were summoned by President Muhammadu Buhari because of the issue.
“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.
The media was awash during the week with stories of a shouting argument between the two over a leaked memo confirming that Buhari was informed when the interior ministry smuggled in fugitive Abdulrasheed Maina that has been in the EFCC wanted list for years.
It was reported the two could not control their emotion as they argued before Osinbajo—something Buhari reportedly put down as disrespect for his veepee.
Others president at the chamber were Senate President Bukola Saraki. Speaker Yakubu Dogara, APC National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun; service chiefs and ministers.