Monguno and Abba Kyari even shook hands on Wednesday

Major-General Mohammed Babagana Monguno, the National Security Adviser resurfaced Wednesday at the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

Monguno had set off concerns about his status in the administration after he was absent at last week’s FEC meeting and also the meeting on Monday between President Buhari and Service chiefs.

Speculations that his absence may be a fallout over his leaked memo that the President’s Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari, was meddling in his duties, by holding meetings with security chiefs and giving them instructions.

Abba Kyari, Lawan, Gbajabiamila and Monguno on Wednesday

NSA Major General Babagana Monguno with VP Yemi Osinbajo at FEC meeting on Wednesday. With them is Secretary to the Government Boss Mustapha

But government sources squelched the speculations by attributing his absence to his attendance of a Security Conference in Munich Germany. The conference held 14-16 February.

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On Wednesday, photographs showed him bantering with Abba Kyari at the Council meeting, where the members of the National Assembly Commission were also sworn in by Buhari. One photo also sshowed the two men from Borno state shaking hands.

Photos by Sunday Aghaeze

Monguno, centre, with Gbemi Saraki and another minister

R-L, Monguno, right, with Fashola, Paulen Tallen

Standing ‘attention ‘ as Buhari arrives for the FEC meeting

Buhari at the meeting