Sparring match between the Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari on Wednesday occurred at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa shortly before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting.
The altercation may not be unconnected to a leaked memo in which media reports quoted Mrs Oyo-Ita as blaming the president for the reinstatement and posting of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, to the Ministry of Interior as director.
No sooner had Mrs Oyo-Ita sat at the Council Chambers of the Villa than she was confronted by Mr Kyari over the issue.
Mrs Oyo-Ita’s seat is next after Mr Kyari’s seat.
Sources at the meeting said the Head of Service was overheard telling Mr Kyari that she had reached the peak of her career in the civil service and that she is not an elected official.
She later rose from her seat to meet vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, to lodge complaint over Mr Kyari’s action.
It was reported that the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, later joined the conversation after which the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation was seen calming the Head of Service.
The Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, APC National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun, service chiefs and others in attendance watched while the drama lasted.
Messrs Saraki, Dogara, Oyegun and the service chiefs were inside the Council Chambers to grace the swearing-in ceremony of the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, as well as the launching of the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance emblem.
The heated argument took place before the arrival of the president.