- Elder statesman, Junaid Muhammed, claims Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is fighting a cabal that extends to Kaduna
- Mumammed says Osinbajo's travail is partly because he is not loyal to the ruling party
- The former lawmaker argues that all aides to Osinbajo should be loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari because the latter appointed them
Junaid Muhammed, a second republic lawmaker and elder statesman, has traced the alleged political crisis being faced by the vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, to what he called the 'Kaduna mafia'.
Muhammed said he was not surprised about the development itself, but the timing.
Vanguard reports that while urging a careful management of the alleged travails being faced by vice president, he said Osinbajo's challenge could be because he is partisan and 'obviously' not loyal to the ruling party.
"I wasn’t surprised to hear about it but the timing took me by surprise. If you want to do this kind of thing, you do it when you can handle the consequence.
“The cabals are the extension of Kaduna mafia. The ambition of the Kaduna mafia has always been to dominate the north; they have never had the opportunity to do so until the coming of Buhari’s administration," he said.
Muhammed maintained his earlier stand that there are cabals that need to be fought using democratic means.
According to him, when he first made the claim, Nigerians thought he was 'blabbing'.
The former lawmaker argued that the law stipulates that all the aides to the vice president are appointed by the president and, as such, their loyalties should be to Muhammadu Buhari.
"In other words, the issue between Osinbajo and Buhari should be handled with care. It reminds me of the issue between former president Obasanjo and his vice, Atiku," Junaid Muhammed said.
Legit.ng reports that there had been controversies surrounding the issues from the seat of power with claims that President Buhari recently approved the sack of at least 35 out of over 80 aides in the office of Osinbajo.
However, the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation ((SGF) reacted through its spokesperson, Willie Bassey, saying such a development did not occur.
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