- President Muhammadu Buhari faults speculation that his administration has been hijacked by power brokers often called cabals
- The Nigerian president dismisses the rumour alleging that certain individuals among his aides and relatives have a powerful influence on his government
- Buhari says he alone took the oath of office as Nigerian president and that the oath implies that he is the one that can exercise the powers of a president
President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed the speculation that his administration has been hijacked by power brokers often called cabals.
The Nigerian president in an exclusive chat with The Interview Newspaper faulted the claims that certain individuals among his aides and relatives have a powerful influence on his government.
While dismissing the cabal narrative, Buhari said before he was he elected into office, he was the one who campaigned for votes.
He said after he won the election, he was the one who took the oath of office, noting that he alone can exercise the powers of a president.
"I addressed this matter before. I was the one who went round the country on campaigns, and I was the one voted into office as President twice. No one else did, and no one else took the oath of office, and can exercise the powers of a president," Buhari said.
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.
He, therefore, warned that Nigerians not to brand people cabals simply because they offered to serve the nation by being close to the president.
In another report, 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.
Meanwhile, even though his state is troubled, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno is performing wonders, a faction of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.
Chairman of the faction in the state, Usman Badeiri, said his party was happy with the governor and was impressed with his performance within the short period he had stayed in government.
Baderi specifically said the governor had made serious marks in the area of security and development of the state.
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