-Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno state expresses the interest of joining the cabals in the current administration
- Shettima who is a serving senator, explains that there is a cabal in every administration
- The lawmaker notes that cabals existed in the administration of former American presidents, Jimmy Carter and Barrack Obama
Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno state says now that he is in Abuja he won’t mind being part of the cabals in the current government if he had the opportunity.
Shettima, who is a serving senator was reported to have made the comment when speaking at the 17th edition of the Daily Trust dialogue held in Abuja.
The former governor stated that there is a cabal in every administration, noting that cabals existed in the administration of former American presidents Jimmy Carter and Barrack Obama.
“When Jimmy Carter was the president of America he had his own cabal. They were called the Georgia Gang. Almost all his appointees were from Georgia," he said
“Even when our own brother, Barack Obama became president, about 16 top appointments in the Obama administration were from Chicago. His first two chief of staff, so also two secretaries, his two advisers were all from Chicago. So, power does not exist in a vacuum.
But the senator said rather than refer to these persons as cabals, he would prefer to call them power brokers.
“If I have my way, now that am in Abuja, I won’t mind being part of the cabals. But I would rather prefer to call it power brokers or inner caucus," Shettima noted.
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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