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Monday, 17 October 2016

Aso Rock Cabal: The unaired part of Aisha Buhari's interview - by Jafaar Jafaar

Read the revealing post by Nigerian journalist Jaafar Jaafar on the unaired part of Mrs Aisha Buhari's controversial interview with BBC Hausa Service:
''At the heat of the intense pressure mounted on the BBC to stop airing the remaining part of the controversial Aisha Buhari interview a few days ago, I had the privilege of listening to the interview before it was fully aired. My good friend, the Head of the Abuja bureau of the BBC, Naziru Mika'il Abubakar, invited me to his office for comment on the interview, and directed that it be played to me before recording my comment.
Listening to the president's wife passionately expressing herself on how her husband runs Nigeria left me cringing. Reading between the lines, I realized Mrs. Buhari was sending SOS to Nigerians to save her bewitched, servile husband from the clutches of the Aso Rock witches, popularly known as "Aso cabal". The Buhari I knew before election was not the obtuse person we have today as president. The Buhari I promoted during campaign had no nepotic, despotic or robotic tendencies. The Buhari I voted for was not this pliable. Forgive me if my knowledge of him was superficial. 
Aisha Buhari might have pitched the nation a curve ball, but her interview is actually a deafening echo of what we've saying for ages about her husband. When I first raised alarm on the dangers of the influence of numero uno of the cabal, Mamman Daura, on the Buhari administration barely three weeks after Buhari took oath of office, I received all manner of insults and invective. Today a lot of my predictions have come to reality. But if actually the Mamman Daura cabal is the one running this country, then it appears to be a very unintelligent lot whose mastery does not go beyond the art of nepotism and crafts of plagiarism. This cabal has kept both the nation and the president under spell, leaving the economy to slide into recession, our currency to crash beyond salvation and impunity to reign supreme. This cabal suffocated a mega political party Nigerians from all regions laboured and united to build. It always saddens me to realize that our president has been turned into a puppet, managed by some half-witted puppeteers, who are majorly dextrose at swinging his legs to Europe, America and Asia, stretching his hand to perpetuate nepotism or opening his mouth to goof.
From ministers to the heads of agencies, there is either portfolio misplacement or elevation of incompetence by this cabal right from the outset of the present administration. This very same cabal gave plum appointments to the progeny of the famous Kaduna mafia, some of whom even served the immediate-past administration or openly campaigned for the PDP.
A leading member of the cabal, who is the present Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari, was appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan as member of the Ribadu-led Petroleum Revenue Task Force in 2012. A year earlier, Kyari had turned down Buhari's offer to serve as the secretary of one of CPC presidential campaign committees -- perhaps because Buhari had little chance of winning.
Take the case of Sokoto ministerial nominee for instance. Any loyal party man will not be happy to see the daughter of the late Kaduna mafia Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji, Aisha Abubakar appointed minister from Sokoto State. Aisha openly campaigned for the PDP governorship candidate in Sokoto State and her brother, Aminu Abubakar Alhaji, who unsuccessfully vied for Tambuwal/Kebbe Federal Constituency ticket on the platform of PDP.
Again, no one who wishes the APC well will be happy to see Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, the daughter of another Kaduna mafia, Yahaya Hamza, appointed minister from Kaduna State. Zainab headed NEITI under Jonathan and contributed to the PDP during election.
Any card carrying member of the APC will be saddened to see Mohammed Bello, the son of Mamman Daura's friend, Musa Bello, appointed minister from Adamawa State. Mohammed Bello headed the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria under Jonathan but was given the plum FCT ministry by the Aso cabal. I believe if he had gone against PDP, he would have been removed immediately after Jonathan lost election.
But look at how the cabal dumped loyal party members in Enugu like Osita Okechukwu to appoint Geoffrey Enyeama, who had hitherto never met Buhari nor worked for the APC, as minister of Foreign Affairs.
Or, will any APC politician be happy with Senator Ita Enang, a top Jonathan campaigner, as Senior Special Assistant to the president on National Assembly (Senate) or Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, also a top Jonathan campaigner, as chairman of the almighty Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, while loyal party men like Senator Magnus Abe were kicked to backstage? Senator Abe was even shot by the police during election in Rivers.
Aisha Buhari might have been wondering where were loyal Buhari campaigners like Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, Faruq Adamu Aliyu, Dele Alake, Barrister Ismail Ahmed, Architect Waziri Bulama, Yusuf Tuga, Yakubu Lame, Dr. Hassan Lawan, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, Umaru Dembo, Ubale Hashim, Umar Dangiwa, among others?
The president's wife and party supporters will also be incensed to see appointees of the past government still heading a number of agencies and departments. The cabal should know that party men are piqued that the 12 agencies of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources are still headed by the appointees of the past government as well as a minister, Engr Sulaiman Adamu, appointed not for his political contributions to the success of Buhari but close family ties.
Now take a cursory look at the reappointment of Umaru Ibrahim as managing director of NDIC. Ibrahim was appointed in December 2010 by Jonathan but was reappointed by Buhari to serve another five years as if there were no competent persons within the party fold. One still wonders why the Director-General of PenCom, Mrs Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, is retained despite the fact that her appointment was initially done in violation of law. Does Buhari think his party is happy that Malam Sani Sidi, a protege of former Vice President Namadi Sambo, is still the head of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA?
Whoever wishes the president and APC well must feel strongly about this. As someone who stood by her husband during election, Aisha Buhari has rights to complain when some forces took over her husband or when things go wrong in the party. I still believe she loves her husband more than those that are insulting or mocking her. She is still the highest authority on the president's mental and socio-physical state.
One basic fact a lot of fanatical supporters of Buhari forget is that he rode on a saddle of political party to power. The fortunes of the party are diminishing and those who laboured to build the party and ensured the emergence of Buhari as candidate are relegated, while political ambulance chasers take the centre stage. APC's growth is inorganic, and so needs some therapies to strengthen it's fragility.
There is concern about the political future of Buhari and APC. As it stands today, barring any miracle, Buhari could either be the first incumbent Nigerian president to lose a party ticket at the primaries or the second president to lose re-election in Nigeria's politics.

48 comments:

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Hmmmm

livingstone chibuike said...

K

Uju Phil said...

Lmao...i so love this drama! More write-ups pls!

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Really revealing

livingstone chibuike said...

Am stil anticipating more concerning dis whole stuff

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

HMMMMMM








AUNTY LINDA 👩

christie benjamin said...

Reference from his last statement: Buhari is going to be both very soon!

Ibrahim Inuwa said...

They claim Buhari is not in charge. Who is in charge? ...they wouldn't say.

So, if those in charge are responsible for:
*The defeat of Boko Haram
*The recovery of our looted funds
*The redemption of our global image as a nation
*The enforcement & implementation of the TSA
*The discovery of tens of thousands of ghost workers
*The revival of our railway system
The payment & remobilization of contractors whose projects were hitherto abandoned
*The discovery of budget padding
*The sanitization of the Judiciary
*The criminalization of corruption
*The release of some Chibok girls
*The reduction in the cost of governance
*The downsizing of presidential fleet
*The abolishment of brown envelope (in the State House)
*The Ogoni clean-up, among many other positive changes

Then, let them continue to be in charge. We are after results, not familiar faces.

Our support is not blind as they claim, it has basis. The only difference between us is that we know where we came from, we understand where we are, and we are optimistic about where we are going. They don't!

#IStandWithPMB!

Saphire Muna said...

Please dnt comment on this post without reading it, na only Jesus go fit save this country.... Spits
















.......... Liber maniac .........

Eleojo Blessing said...

Hmmmmm

Goma Mene said...

Their wahala






Ilovemywife

Noble Ajuz said...

What a revelation, its so glaring that he is overwhelmed. Wailers or not I doubt if this man will return to this seat again. Even among its party, there are so many discontents. A tree will never make a forest.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...God pass this Aso Cabal Cultists.Jesus in Your Mercy arise for the common man.Amen

Emmy Igwe said...

Why won't Nigeria economy run into recession when we have a bunch of illiterates romancing with the seat of power.

Anonymous said...

It is not a bad thing to keep or appoint members of the last administration in your own na. Why must politics in Nigeria be a zero sum game? Buhari carry go o jare. Nothing do you...

Anonymous said...

Na the truth of the matter be that. But come to think of it, this means Buhari is favoring everybody whether APC or PDP member.

Anonymous said...

Let's start stoning the cabals in our wards and local government

dakova web said...

U see it is ur business ur money is not entering my pocket

ONYI P.K. said...

Very good and candid write-up! I am not a partisan politician but by a year ago, I mentioned to those who cared to listen that Buhari's 'kitchen' cabinet was and still is the problem with his administration. I did not even have as much disclosures as contained in the piece under reference but instinctively, I knew something has not been right with the so-called cabal. But, now that revelations are pointedly proving me right, I just hope PMB will decisively rise to the occasion. Nigeria is not a kiosk for few opportunists to take advantage of and they must not anyway!

ONYI P.K. said...

Very good and candid write-up! I am not a partisan politician but by a year ago, I mentioned to those who cared to listen that Buhari's 'kitchen' cabinet was and still is the problem with his administration. I did not even have as much disclosures as contained in the piece under reference but instinctively, I knew something has not been right with the so-called cabal. But, now that revelations are pointedly proving me right, I just hope PMB will decisively rise to the occasion. Nigeria is not a kiosk for few opportunists to take advantage of and they must not anyway!

wahid said...

Preach brother! Tell dem.

Anonymous said...

Interesting article... I will like you to write some follow ups. I knew they where forces behind the calamities that has befallen our nation. This is the work of people with personal agenda and vendetta against the administration of PMB. President buhari (though am not a fan) is a trusted visionary and good leader but the people he has appointed are evil and diabolic. I think he is just a puppeteer in a grand show.

Anderson FOX said...

This is a biological bomb in political analysis.

gentle said...

Lost interest in the middle. If you were aggrieved that incompetent people were being chosen , I would understand. But it seems like you are complaining that the loyal apc members that you expected to be appointed to political positions were ignored. The issue of them being competent...doesn't matter to you. The sooner we rise above "political parties" and think about the welfare of this country, the better for us. Because it seems like voting this illiterate into power is yet to teach us a lesson.

Ps: I don't care if cabals have hijacked that man. He should have know what he was asking for when contested for presidency at 75.

Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

Where are d buhari wailers, aboki,julet and bona,I hope u guys can ready this and digest,anyway all na change.

Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

Where are d buhari wailers, aboki,julet and bona,I hope u guys can ready this and digest,anyway all na change.

Vivian Reginalds said...

every one wan use this opportunity shine
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

When I was supporting Buhari last year here in the US, my husband told me about Buhari, his words "Buhari is a good man, but he rules by proxy. When he was the head of state in 1984, you were a kid, and I was in secondary school. Idiagbon was actually the one ruling the country, but Buhari was just a rubber stamp.
When he was appointed to head PTF, it was his friends and family members and in-laws that were awarding contracts. Banangida was able to overthrow the government because Idiagbon travelled and he knew that a weak Buhari was not a challenge.
If Idiagbon was in Nigeria, Banangida and Abacha May not have succeeded in that coup. But with Buhari, it was as easy as licking a pudding. And he reminded me about Buhari's tribalism, he told me that when Buhari and Idiagbon overthrew the government, he put Shagari under house arrest and put his vice Ekwueme in kirikiri. Even Shagari was worried and was asking, "where is Alex"? (Alex Ekwueme)" that's how my husband described Buhari to me.
So I'm not surprised about all these. Nigeria made a wrong choice as always. I hope for the better for my dear country.
Linda's fan from Texas.

Anonymous said...

When I was supporting Buhari last year here in the US, my husband told me about Buhari, his words "Buhari is a good man, but he rules by proxy. When he was the head of state in 1984, you were a kid, and I was in secondary school. Idiagbon was actually the one ruling the country, but Buhari was just a rubber stamp.
When he was appointed to head PTF, it was his friends and family members and in-laws that were awarding contracts. Banangida was able to overthrow the government because Idiagbon travelled and he knew that a weak Buhari was not a challenge.
If Idiagbon was in Nigeria, Banangida and Abacha May not have succeeded in that coup. But with Buhari, it was as easy as licking a pudding. And he reminded me about Buhari's tribalism, he told me that when Buhari and Idiagbon overthrew the government, he put Shagari under house arrest and put his vice Ekwueme in kirikiri. Even Shagari was worried and was asking, "where is Alex"? (Alex Ekwueme)" that's how my husband described Buhari to me.
So I'm not surprised about all these. Nigeria made a wrong choice as always. I hope for the better for my dear country.
Linda's fan from Texas.

Anonymous said...

Biko! Where is Tinubu,Atiku and co...???

Sampson Ayantoye said...

Spot on well said

Anonymous said...

You're a moron.

Genevieve Okoroigbo said...

With which time will I read this all.





says, Genevieve.

Genevieve Okoroigbo said...

With which time will I read this all.





says, Genevieve.

Anonymous said...

Please you forgot ibikunle amosun. Kitchen cabinet member!!! May God deliver our president from these people. Hmm Aisha I salute your courage

°Janelle_0laed0 • said...

He said so much but ended up saying nothing and GENTLE you couldn't have said it any better , If there was a like button woulda given you a hundred .


— My name is 0laed0 •

iyke igbozendu said...

Nemesis of allowing an imbecile get to power

Anonymous said...

He's been bewitched by those spiritual wickedness in high places.

Okwuchukwu Okafor said...

Rubbish!!! R u tryna say pdp has a hand in wah z happening or wah? Like all d names u called dah wuda gotten d job r still not northerners, biko nxt story, if he can't stand up to d cabal, leme him shift for Osibanjo to try

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sholetoga said...

The wailers camp is swelling daily. This is a season film......

Albert Johnson said...

Mumu read again
He did mention

Mariam Udegbe said...

Very well said Ibrahim Inuwa ,what was PMB's response..... She belongs to my kitchen

Anonymous said...

Ibrahim Inuwa you forgot hunger in the land.

Anonymous said...

So Aids is also a wailer?

Anonymous said...

So Aisha is also a wailer?

Anonymous said...

Apart from loyal party members, I think appointments should be based on expertise not just sentiments

Anonymous said...

Shut up. Did Jonathan appoint any APC member? Idiot

Anonymous said...

Shut up. The cabal is made up of PDP looters and thieves irrespective of whether they are Northerners or not. That is the problem we are having in the country right now. Receive sense!

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