- The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, has again, spoken on the cabal issue
- The presidential aide said the cabals allegedly influencing President Muhammadu Buhari's decisions are respectable Nigerians
- He warned Nigerians not to brand people cabals simply because they offered to serve the nation by being close to the president
Presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, has described the so-called cabals allegedly influencing President Muhammadu Buhari's decisions as respectable Nigerians.
Shehu, who was a guest on a Channels Television programmes on Wednesday, December 25, said contrary to beliefs that the cabals manipulate Buhari, they deserve respect because they have achieved a lot.
He also recalled that people believed former Presidents Umaru Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinets were influenced by cabals.
“A lot of people who are being dragged into this cabal thing, they are respectable Nigerians who have achieved a lot for themselves and for the nation. They are not there as hungry people who are there to grab things for themselves,” he said.
He, therefore, warned that Nigerians not to brand people cabals simply because they offered to serve the nation by being close to the president.
“Nigerians have formed the practice by labelling people that are in some advisable positions of the President as a cabal.
“People (cabals) should not be labelled negatively simply because they have offered themselves to support the president of this country,” he stated.
Last weekend, Shehu had said it is not a sin for the president to have close confidants.
He made the statement in Abuja during a dinner organized by the Press Corps of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said in other climes, every president usually has a “kitchen cabinet,” but that in Nigeria, government antagonists would prefer to refer to such collection of self-sacrificing individuals as cabals.
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