No probe of Abba Kyari’s memos, Buhari is in charge – Presidency says

File Photo: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari presides over a Virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the State House, 20th May 2020

By Tobiloba Kolawole

The Presidency has refuted media reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari reversed 150 memos signed off by the former Chief of Staff to the President, Late Abba Kyari.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Tuesday, the reports on “presidential directive on 150 memos is fake news”.

Shehu said: “The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to media reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled a number of memos and appointments signed off by his former Chief of Staff. Not surprisingly, these reports have quoted unnamed sources.

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“There is not a grain of truth in these reports and Nigerians should please ignore the insinuations behind them”, Shehu noted.

The presidential spokesman however reassured Nigerians that President Buhari is in charge and has not at anytime shared presidential power with any of his aides.

“President Buhari was duly re-elected by Nigerians in February 2019. He has not and will never cede to anyone else, that power and trust given to him by the Nigerian people”, he added.

On Monday, media reports alleged that President Buhari had initiated a probe of all activities including appointments, memos and approvals signed off by late Kyari.

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Before the death of the former Chief of Staff, many Nigerians assumed that late Abba Kyari wielded too much power within and outside the presidency. In fact, he was touted as the arrow head of an alleged cabal that controls the wheel of governance rather than President Buhari.