The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr
Garba Shehu, on Wednesday insisted that cabals are not powerful people
controlling President Muhammadu Buhari in key decision making.
His comments come less than a week he reportedly said there is nothing wrong in having ‘cabals’ around the President Buhari in the daily running of the government.
Shehu on Wednesday told Channels TV that contrary to beliefs that cabals manipulate the President, they are respectable Nigerians who deserve respect because they have achieved a lot.
He accused Nigerians of coining the words and recalled that people believed former Presidents Umaru Yar’adua, Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinets were influenced by cabals.
“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,” he said.
Shehu who noted that it is a privilege appointed into the President’s cabinet said one wouldn’t have been chosen by the President if not for trust.
“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.