- Isa Funtua, a close associate of President Muhammadu Buhari describes himself as a cabal
- The Katsina state business executive accuses Nigerians of using the term cabal in a derogatory manner
- Funtua says President Muhammadu Buhari is free to have people he trusts around him
Isa Funtua, a close associate of President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he is not a member of any cabal but a cabal himself
The Cable reported that the Katsina state business executive made the statement when he appeared on The Morning Show, a programme on Arise Television on Saturday, December 4.
Funtua accused Nigerians of using the term cabal in a derogatory manner, saying President Muhammadu Buhari is free to have people he trusts around him.
"I’m not a member of any cabal, I’m cabal myself,” he said.
“What is cabal? In short I think it means kitchen cabinet, people that you trust. People you believe will not deceive you, that they can do things in the interest of the country.
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“Nigerians are using it in a derogatory term not in the real meaning of it. Take dictionary, what is the real meaning of cabal?"
Meanwhile, 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.
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