The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu has once again defended the alleged cabal in President Buhari’s administration.
Mr Shehu made this known while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today, on Christmas day. He debunked claims of the cabal influencing key decisions in President Buhari’s government. He insisted that the cabal in the presidency are not hungry individuals and do not deserve the criticism they get from Nigerians.
He also recalled how Nigerians believed former Presidents Umaru Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinets were influenced by cabals.
Garba Shehu said;
“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.”
On Nigerians labeling people as cabal, Shehu said, “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.
The Presidential spokesperson who refused to join words with first lady Aisha Buhari over claims of her husband being a willing tool to members of the cabal which allegedly include a relative of the president, Mamman Daura; an associate of the president, Isa Funtua; and the Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari, he however dispelled rumours of the cabal members having a sinister motive.
Garba Shehu maintained that it is a privilege to be appointed into the President’s cabinet and also warned Nigerians against attaching the ‘cabal’ tag to certain individuals simply because they offered to serve the nation by being close to the President.
It will be recalled that the presidential spokesperson was reported last week to have said there is nothing wrong for the president to have ‘cabals’, as it happens everywhere else in the world.