- 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.
“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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