All eyes were on the Chief of Staff (Cos) to the President, Abba Kyari and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd), on Wednesday when both met for the first time after their rivalry became public with people looking out for how they would relate.
The venue was the Presidential Villa, Abuja where both attended the inauguration of a 12-member National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Guardian wrote that Kyari’s efforts to paper over the cracks and behaved as all is well between them failed spectacularly with Monguno shunning his entreaties to sit close to him.
According to the report: “Monguno sat two chairs away from Kyari who was seen engaging in a discussion with the SGF.
“However, before the commencement of the scheduled ceremony, Kyari momentarily broke his chat and beckoned on the NSA to return to his originally allotted seat, but Gen. Monguno looked way. Eventually, Monguno returned to his original seat after a second pause and another subtle plea by the CoS. Both did not speak to each other. The mild drama took place shortly before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Buhari.”
Their cold war came into the open two weeks ago when the NSA accused the CoS of undue interference in matters bordering on national security, a role which is originally within the purview of his (Monguno) office, among other scathing allegations through a memo.