Malam Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has left scaremongers mute, on Friday, when he resumed work, after about two weeks of short vacation.
Kyari resumed for duties at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, teasing those who were behind the recent insinuations on social media that he had been suspended.
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Rumours had filtered online by a section of the social media that President Buhari had suspended Kyari for allegedly receiving N500m from MTN to facilitate a reduction of a fine handed to the telecommunication firm by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
However, on Friday, on his way to the President’s office, the Chief of Staff stopped by at the Press Gallery of the Council Chamber and jokingly asked the State House correspondents:
“Are you going to tweet that I am back? Can’t I go on leave?”
On his way back to his office, Kyari, when accosted for interview on the matter, repeated the same message, adding that:
“I don’t talk to the press. You know my job doesn’t allow me talking.’’
When probed further, the Chief of Staff asked, “Can’t I go on leave?”