Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu has said reports of an altercation between the the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and the Head of Service of the Federation, Mr. Winifred Oyo-Ita were inaccurate.
While speaking at a meeting with State House reporters on Friday, Shehu said no journalist was close enough to hear what was being discussed.
“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 presidential spokesman said.
He also denied that both officials were summoned by the President over the incident.
When asked to comment, he said, “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,”
Shehu also stated: “I am a journalist myself, and in journalism, you are not supposed to report anything other than the facts of what you heard or observed directly, or what you were told by a firsthand or authoritative eyewitness.”
Kyari and Oyo-Ita were reported to have argued over the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina in the presence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
This was following the leakage of a memo by Oyo-Ita where she claimed the President was aware of his reinstatement.