Presidency says suspended NIA boss did not cry
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who spoke on the incident in Abuja on Thursday, described the reports as “unfair and uncharitable”
The Presidency has condemned the media reports that the suspended Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke, had cried during his visit to the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who spoke on the incident in Abuja on Thursday, described the reports as “unfair and uncharitable”.
Shehu stated that witnesses to Oke’s visit to the Vice President, Prof. Femi Osinbajo, on the fateful day and his own personal account clearly indicated that the DG did not cry as widely reported in the social and some traditional media.
The Presidential media aide, who narrated how the incident happened, said: “The widespread reports that Oke of the National Intelligence Agency had cried are unfair and uncharitable.
“Witnesses to his visit to the Vice President and his own personal account, said that Oke arrived to a swarm of journalists, which he wanted to avoid.
“He asked his driver to make a quick turn and instead, he headed to the Glass House, the headquarters of the Department of State Services.
“From there, he put a call to the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and requested that he helps to clear the journalists so that he can make a quiet entry to the VP’s office and that is what happened.
“In an SUV with darkened windows, no one could have seen an occupant crying.”
Osinbajo had on Wednesday met separately with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and Oke barely an hour after the announcement of their suspension from office.