A top government source told SaharaReporters on Monday that Kyari has been seriously “down” since returning from a trip abroad.
Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is said to be seriously ill and in fact suspected of being infected with Coronavirus.
A top government source told SaharaReporters on Monday that Kyari has been seriously “down” since returning from a trip abroad.
Kyari visited Germany and Egypt and only returned this week, giving credence to the fact that he may have indeed been infected with the virus.
Egypt has 327 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 14 deaths while Germany has 29,056 infections and 123 deaths.
Though coughing severely, Kyari is said to have been attending meetings including with Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council.
Executive Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Prof James Momoh, was said to have accompanied Kyari on the trip to both countries.
The latest development comes hours after a leaked memo showed Kyari telling Nigerian legislators, who recently returned from foreign trips, to submit themselves for Coronavirus test.
It also comes after Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigeria’s President, disclosed that one of her daughters was in self-isolation after returning from the United Kingdom, one of the high risk countries for the virus.
On Monday, Nigeria confirmed its first Coronavirus death after a former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Suleiman Achimugu, succumbed to the virus in Abuja.
Earlier, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control announced a total of 36 confirmed cases but with Kyari’s suspected infection, that figure may have now risen to 37. (SaharaReporters)
**Don’t embark on a battle you cannot win” – Buhari supporter, Ibrahim Ali Gombe pens long open letter to Aisha Buhari
My Advice to Hajjia Ashia
My dear First Lady,
Be careful! Don’t embark on a battle you cannot win. Some battles are not worth fighting. It is better not to fight, at all, than to fight and lose. Losing such a battle would have unravelled your invincibility. Those feminism, buharists, you think that are standing or whispering all you want to hear about About ur extended family are doing all this all because of their selfish intrest of what they want to gain from you not certainly because of you or your children.
Mamman Daura is your husband’s closest uncle, Fatima Mamman, no matter how young she is, she remains your child . They are your in-laws. Show some respect. They are your husband’s family. They are an integral part of your family. They are not strangers.
Mamman Daura and Abba Kyari (Chief of Staff) are two personalities you cannot push away from President Buhari, your husband. Fine, you’re his wife; however, what these two have contributed in the life of your husband is inestimable and unquantifiable. Buhari is Abba Kyari. Abba Kyari is Mamman Daura. Mamman Daura is Buhari. They are inseparable.
When IBB, overthrew your husband as Head of State, locked him up in the prison for not less than 3 years, it was Mamman Daura and Abba Kyari were there for your husband in the prison. When he eventually regained his freedom without no benefits as a previous head of state. Mamman Daura placed your husband on salary through his companies payroll, so that your husband can still stand as a man in terms of fulfilling his responsibility as a family man without begging friends and relations for financial help. They staked everything for the success of your husband. Your husband knows and appreciates their contributions. No matter what anyone says, Buhari will not leave them.
I don’t know of any individual who has contributed, financially, morally, spiritually and physically to the success of your husband and family more than them. The journey among the trio of Buhari, Mamman Daura and Abba Kyari is a journey of more than 40 years, even before you came in as a wife. After all, you just came in 1996. Cool down enjoy your marriage and also enjoy your post as the First Lady of this country.
That your children were oppurtuned to be educated in good foreign universities are one of the numerous courtsey of Alhaji Mamman Daura and Abba kyari. Have you also forgotten, when they will sponsor your trips to Overseas for vacation, just to make sure that there is a big smile on the lips of their young admirable wife. My dear First Lady, how many Nigerian women are oppurtuned to have such in-laws, the answer is 99.9% women are not oppurtuned to have such in-laws, this shows how blessed you are.
In 2003, 2007, 2011 presidential campaigns, Abba Kyari was your husband’s chief financier. They risked everything for your husband. They believed in the man Buhari, even when he kept on failing his elections. It is the outcome of that risk they took that you are enjoying today, as the First lady. Indeed, God has used them for you also.
That your husband wants them around him is a sign of gratefulness. My dear First lady, have you also forgotten that before your husband became the president, that Muhammadu Buhari spent most of his evenings in the house of his best friend and uncle Mamman in Daura. It is on record that anyone that wants to see old General, once it is 4pm goes straight to Mamman’s house, because it is already a known tradition that baba Buhari must be there as far as he is in Daura. That Buhari wants him around him in the villa is a clear manifestation that Buhari is not an ingrate. He appreciates favour. Thus, he will not pay favour with ingratitude. One thing is certain, the Buhari we all know will not trade his trusted allies for anything or anyone. This also shows that your husband Muhammadu Buhari can never trade you for another woman unlike most men in power and Generals always do. This also shows how blessed you are.
Aso Villa is a temporary residence. In the next four years, you will pack out. Life in the Presidential Villa is transient, ephemeral and short-lived. Don’t be overwhelmingly obsessed with it. The Villa is not a family house and it’s not your husband’s house. Soldier go, soldier come. I was a bit emotional few days ago when Goodluck Jonathan visited Buhari in the Villa. Many changes have been effected. Buhari was the one showing Jonathan the way. Imagine. A place Jonathan just left in 2015.
Hajjia Aisha, if anything is wrong, which you don’t feel comfortable with; amicable resolution is the way out. You need not fight anyone or take anyone as a foe. Show love. Show respect. Show tolerance. Mamman Daura’s children are your children. Show no discrimination or animosity. What goes around comes around. No one knows tomorrow. Those we meet in the course of climbing the ladder of life are the same people we will while coming down. Once again, remember your root and where you started.
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Service Chiefs Thursday met with the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari, at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Those in attendance are; the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique.
The services were had earlier went to President Muhammadu Buhari’s office for the meeting, were said to have been directed to Kyari’s office for the meeting by Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to the president.
The meeting did not last long and the agenda was not made public as at the time of filing this report.
The service chiefs have since left the presidential villa. (The Sun)
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Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita and Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari
Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winnifred Oyo-Ita, Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari during the FEC meeting.
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winnifred Oyo-Ita, on Wednesday embraced publicly before the commencement of the meeting of Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The development came exactly a week after the two top government officials engaged in an altercation at the same venue.
Oyo-Ita, on arrival at the Council Chambers, venue of the meeting went straight to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and greeted him.
She was still discussing with Osinbajo when Kyari arrived.
All smiles, Kyari and Oyo-Ita embraced publicly as cameramen struggled to get good shots of the public display of affection.
Other members of the council clapped for them as the drama unfolded.
A heated argument took place between the two officials last week.
The altercation was believed to be based on Oyo-Ita’s leaked memo to Kyari on the controversial reinstatement and subsequent posting of the embattled former Chairman of the Pension Reforms Commission, Abdulrasheed Maina.
The mild drama played out in the presence of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun; service chiefs and ministers.
Saraki, Dogara, Oyegun and the service chiefs were present to witness the inauguration of the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, as well as the inauguration of the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance emblem.
Mustapha succeeded in calming frayed nerves after Osinbajo and Kyari were seen engaging the visibly angry Head of Service in a discussion.
The Deputy Chief of Staff, Ade Ipaye, also moved in and persuaded Oyo-Ita to return to her seat when it became obvious that all those in attendance were watching the drama with keen interest. (Punch)
The Presidential Media Aide, Mr. Garba Shenhu has described media reports of a fight between top government officials at the State House as fabrications that could only have been conjured by correspondents who would probably make better fiction writers than journalists.
He continued his tirade on the journalists in a meeting with them Friday by branding them are mere irresponsible writers.
The presidency also denied that there is feud between the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita.
Shehu insisted that it was impossible for the conversation between Kyari, and Oyo-Ita to have been heard by any journalist, as the distance between the State House 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.
It insisted that it was taking the matter beyond what it is to suggest that mere debate and argument over issues, translated to a feud, a fight or a clash.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Shehu, stated this in a short meeting with State House Correspondents at the the Media Center, to appeal to them to be responsible in their reportage of the number seat of power in the country.
“By tradition, the media organizations send their best reporters to the State House. This should reflect, at all times on the quality of reporting.
“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,” he said.
“You cannot add two and two to make twenty-two and present it to the public as news.”
According to him, “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.”
Shehu also denied categorically any suggestion that the two government officials had been summoned to see the President over the alleged skirmish, referring to that conclusion as 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. (The Sun)
President Muhammadu Buhari with his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari
Mr Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, SaharaReporters has exclusively gathered, ignored the President’s order to reinstate Mrs Maryam Danna Mohammed, former General Manager (Auditing and Compliance) at the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC). The woman’s sack had been ordered by Mr Kyari, who was angry at her for exposing corruption in the organization.
Sources told SaharaReporters that Mrs. Mohammed, who worked for 24 years with the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), conducted a company-wide staff audit during which it was discovered that among other staff, Mr Louis Edozien (Executive Director, Technical Services), Mr Anthony U. Muoneke (Executive Director, Finance and Administration), and the General Manager (Contract Management) all presented fake National Youth Service Corps discharge certificates.
This resulted in a major scandal, which consumed all those affected, as they had to resign. Unfortunately for Mrs Mohammed, sources disclosed, Mr Edozien is a friend and business partner to Mr Kyari. The Chief of Staff’s daughter also worked directly under Mr Edozien.
The forced resignation of Mr Edozien was a slight Mr Kyari was unwilling to leave unpunished. On 10 June 2016, Mrs Mohammed received a letter from Mr Babachir David Lawal, the disgraced Secretary to the Government of the Federation, stating that she had been relieved of her duties with immediate effect. The letter, stated sources, did not give reasons for her sack or mention her offences. It simply claimed that the disengagement was authorized by President Buhari.
Eleven days after the receipt of the letter, a dissatisfied Mrs Mohammed wrote to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, saying that there was no correspondence from the Presidency prior to her sack. She equally stated that there she was not made to face any committee set up to investigate any wrongdoing on her part. She confidently stated that she had never done any wrong in the course of her duties.
Two weeks after writing, she got no response from the Vice President’s office. As a result, she decided to write a comprehensive letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.
On 25 October 2016, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), wrote to Mr Kyari to convey the President’s decision, reached a meeting, to have Mrs Mohammed reinstated.
Mr Kyari ignored Mr Malami. On 19 December 2016, Mrs Mohammed decided to write the President another letter to remind him of her unlawful dismissal from NDPHC. Till date, however, she has not received any response to her letter and remains unlawfully dismissed despite the intervention of the President.
Sources said Mr Kyari is way more powerful than the Attorney-General, Vice President and could overrule the President. (Sahara Reporters)
President Buhari with his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari
Abba Kyari is the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. He was appointed on 27/8/ 2015. In his career, Abba Kyari held many high profile jobs. He was Secretary to the Board of African International Bank Limited between 1990 to 1995. He worked as the Executive Director, Management Services, at United Bank for Africa (UBA). He was later appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Bank. He was also appointed a Director of Unilever Nigeria Plc. And in 2002 he was appointed as a Director of Exxon Mobil Nigeria.
As a graduate of Warwick University, Cambridge University and Harvard University, who had the privilege to hold the aforementioned portfolios and work experience, you expect this man to do his very best for the betterment of Nigeria while working as the President’s Chief of Staff. Unfortunately, that has never been the case. From the very moment this guy walked into the Presidency, it has been a disaster for the President and the Nigerian state.
The corrupt and unpatriotic Abba Kyari has a frightening influence at the Presidency, to the extent that most people in the know view him as the second “most powerful” man at the Presidency, after the President himself. He is believed to be the head of the cabal that has hijacked Buhari’s government, at the detriment of Nigerians.
Abba Kyari’s crimes against the Nigerian state are too numerous to mention in this short article. The latest one being denying the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachukwu, from seeing the President. Regardless of the wrongs or rights of his spat with Dr. Maikanti Baru, as a Minister of the Federal Republic, Dr. Kachukwu has the right to have audience with his boss and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic. It is therefore very embarrassing and demeaning to the office of the President and image of Nigeria at home and around the world, for Buhari to learn about the Kachukwu/Maikanti saga through the media!
It is this dangerous monopoly over access to the President that empowers Abba Kyari to have a corrupt influence over every major appointment or contract that the Presidency awards. This is very unhealthy to our democracy and significantly undermines the ethos of integrity, transparency and accountability that the President himself is fighting to instil in the hearts and minds of Nigerians.
Despite the colossal evidence against him, we understand that the Nigerian media are afraid of exposing Abba Kyari, for fear of reprisals. We at CUPS are NOT. We are ferociously independent and fearless in our reporting. We will always tell the truth, no matter whose ox is being gored! For the avoidance of doubt, we do not work for any government, political party or religious group on the planet. We are self funded. We are a formidable group of patriotic Nigerians around the globe, who put our knowledge, energy, time, money, and most importantly, our lives on the line, to save Nigeria and Nigerians from peril.
To this end, we call on all well meaning Nigerians at home and around the world to pray for the President; whatever Black Magic spell that Abba Kyara is alleged to have done over him, may the Almighty God destroy it. We also pray that may the Almighty God give the President the fortitude to expel Abba Kyarai from the Presidency, as the man means no any good for the President and the rest of us. Amen.
Family members, friends and senior government officials who attempted to call or pay visits to President Muhammadu Buhari in the United Kingdom are having a difficult time getting access.
SUNDAY PUNCH can authoritatively report that four aides of the president control access to President Buhari, who is on extended medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
The aides are the President’s nephew, Mamman Daura; the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Domestic Affairs, Sarki Aba; Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari; and Personal Assistant to the President; Tunde Sabiu.
Our correspondent learnt that anyone who wants to telephone or see the president in London must get the approval of one or more of the four aides. The only two individuals who are exempted from seeking permission to visit Buhari or call him are Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and First Lady, Aisha Buhari.
SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the First Lady is said not to be happy with the way the aides have been managing access to her husband. The first lady’s relationship with the president’s aides has not always been cordial. In October last year, Aisha granted a highly controversial interview to the British Broadcasting Corporation, in which she alleged that a cabal had hijacked her husband’s government.
According to a source in government, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Buhari’s wife had voiced her displeasure to close friends and associates that the cabal she complained about were still the ones in charge of her husband in London.
“The First Lady is not with him permanently in London, which should normally not be the case. She has had a few clashes with the cabal and she is not happy that they are also firmly in control in London. That’s why she goes and comes. She is not happy with the atmosphere over there.”
Sunday PUNCH gathered that these individuals have turned down numerous requests from the President’s friends, associates and members of his cabinet to see him.
Since Buhari extended his medical vacation on February 19, those who have visited him in his Abuja House residence in London include the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Chief Bisi Akande; Ogun State Governor and Ibikunle Amosun.
It was gathered that the visits were initiated by the guests who made requests which had to be reviewed by the president’s aides. Daura was present during the Tinubu and Akande’s visit. Daura, who holds no political office in the present dispensation, has repeatedly been touted as the most powerful person in the present government, prompting Buhari to publicly declare late October 2016 that, “I’m in charge, not Mamman Daura.”
Daura travels with the president and is often seen with him. Daura is believed to belong to the legendary ‘Kaduna Mafia’, an influential group of young northern Nigerian intellectuals, civil servants, business tycoons and military officers residing or conducting business in the former northern capital city of Kaduna. The group reportedly influenced government policies during the military era and previous civilian administrations. Other famous members of the group were Adamu Ciroma, Ibrahim Tahir, Mahmud Tukur, and former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Adamu Ciroma; former Minister of Internal Affairs, Ibrahim Tahir; former Minister of Commerce and Industry during the Buhari-Idiagbon regime, Dr Mahmud Tukur; former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki; former Head of the Technical Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation, Hamza Zayyad; a former minister, Umaru Mutallab; former presidential aspirant and number-two man, General Shehu Yar’Adua; a former Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Ango Abdullahi; Professor Jibril Aminu and others.
Kyari is known to be one of the President’s closest aides. He plans Buhari’s schedules while ministers are said to queue in his office to see the President. Kyari’s influence became clear to many during a retreat organised by the presidency for the then ministers-designate. While declaring the retreat open on November 5, 2015, Buhari said, “In addition, all communications and appointments from you (ministers) to the Presidency should be routed through the Office of the Chief of Staff as it is the normal (procedure) in this presidential system.”
While much is not known about Sabiu, who was appointed shortly after Buhari’s election, he is reportedly related to Daura. Sources in the government told our correspondent that the President ‘feels relaxed’ around him and has a lot of trust in him. The same was said of Aba, who was described as ‘quiet but one of the few people that can make anyone see the President.”
Presented with the names of the aides controlling access to the president, a source in the presidency confirmed the list. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the subject, said, “The names you have are accurate and they are the ones controlling access to the President in London, even in Nigeria. Some ministers, aides and service chiefs tried to talk to the President on the phone, but they turned them down.
“The few people that have seen the President only saw him because they agreed to it. If they didn’t, it would never have happened, apart from Governor Amosun, who everyone knows is one of Buhari’s best friends.”
The source refused to give the names of those whose requests to see Buhari were turned down.
Meanwhile, Buhari on Saturday spoke with his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on the telephone for the first time since he embarked on his extended medical vacation on January 19.
Adesina, who felt elated about the development, confirmed the conversation on his Facebook page and Twitter handle.
He had during previous interviews said he was only speaking with those around the President.
Giving details of his discussion with the President, Adesina said Sabiu called him at exactly 2.43pm and asked that he hold on for the President.
On recognition of the President’s voice, Adesina said he screamed and said, “Mr President, I have missed you. How are you, sir?”
He continued, “He (the President) first laughed. That familiar laugh. Then he said, ‘I am still resting. Thank you for holding out against mischief makers.’
“I said it was my duty, the very least I could do, adding how happy I was to speak with him. He asked, ‘How is your family?’
“I said we were fine, and he asked me to extend his greetings to them. ‘I hope to call you again,’ Mr President said, and I bade him farewell, adding ‘Best wishes, sir.’”
Adesina described the telephone conversation as a defining moment for him.
He said, “It was a defining moment for me. For more than a month, I had always spoken with aides who are with the President in London.
“Not once did I ask them to take the phone to him, deliberately so, because I didn’t need to speak with him to validate the fact that he was alive. And since he is on vacation, he has a right to his privacy.
“Of his own volition, President Buhari spoke with me. It made my day. Even if he hadn’t done so, he would have remained my President, my leader, and my man. Any day.” (Punchng.com)