A WhatsApp broadcast message on March 31, 2020, had claimed that President Buhari had sacked him.
The message which was forwarded to many Nigerians mostly the northerners claimed that the president has replaced his COS with the former Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi.
It was further stated in the message that was circulated that the statement on Kyari’s sack was released by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Monday, March 31, 2020, in Abuja.
The message read in part: “The termination of the appointment of Abba Kyari took immediate effect. And the President has appointed Ajimobi as New COS. The President ordered Abba Kyari to step down as Chief of Staff due to his health challenge.”
However, the Presidency in a statement through the President’s aide on new media matters, Bashir Ahmad, described the report as fake.
Ahmad tweeted, “Yet another fake news started trending on some WhatsApp groups that ‘President @MBuhari sacked Mallam Abba Kyari and replaced him with former Gov. Abiola Ajimobi’, disregard and dishonour it, entirely untrue!”