The Presidency has denied the reports making the round that the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, have resigned, describing the resignation rumour as “mere distraction and pure mischief’’.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the clarification in an interview with journalists on Sunday.
Mr. Shehu, who frowned at the report, which went viral on social media and some online news, said the Chief of Staff left Abuja on Saturday for China on presidential assignment and would be back by the middle of the week.
He also added that Daura was busy with his work.
The presidential spokesman said: “The report is pure mischief. What I can tell you is that the President sent the Chief of Staff Malam Abba Kyari to China on an assignment.
“He left on Saturday and we are expecting him by the middle of the week.
“The DG DSS who spoke with me a few hours ago is busy on his job. Nothing to indicate resignation.
“I think these are mere distraction.’’