The issue of cabal holding sway in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, first came to limelight when his wife, Aisha Buhari, alerted the nation of their existence.
Mrs Buhari first alleged that her husband’s government has been hijacked by those who where not part of the campaign train of the president when her husband sought election into the exalted office.
When she made the claim, Mr Buhari said his wife should not been taken seriously as her role in his life does not exceed ‘the other room.’
Recently, the wife of the president has repeated her claim. But this time gave the cabal’s numeric strength without naming them.
She said 2 men unknown to Nigerians when her husband sought to be elected president where the cabals she talked about. POLITICS TIMES hopes she will name those men when next she repeat her claim.
Her husband, the president has challenged her to state the influences the cabal has over his government.
The latest cabal revelation is coming from a staunch critics of the administration, Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister.
The former minister named 8 men he is alleging to be the cabal. Some of those he named have been shown the exit door to the seat of power.
The cabal members accroding to Fani-Kayode includes: Sani Zangon Daura, Mamman Daura, Ismaila Isa Funtua, Babagana Kingibe, Hamed Ali, Abba Kyari, Abdulrahman Dambazzau and Lawal Daura.
He named them in a tweet on Monday, adding that: “I know them ALL well. Some are educated, reasonable and fair-minded whilst others are shallow, primitive and dangerous.”
His assertion comes a day after that of an ex-presidential aide, Reno Omokri, who dugged out an old photo of Godwin Emefiele, governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, supposedly bowing down to take instructions from Mr Funtua
The old photo shared by Omokri, showing Mr Emefiele supposedly taking instructions from Mr Funtua in the presence of Mr Dambazzau.
POLITICS TIMES reels out the little we know about the alleged cabal members.
Sani Daura: A former minister under the administration of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo. He is from Katsina State.
Mamman Daura: A nephew and long time close associate of the president. He is a journalist who hails from Katsina too.
Ismaila Funtua: A crony of Buhari, is the chairman of Bulet International Construction Company.
Babagana Kingibe: Former Secretary to Government of the Federation. He hails from Borno State.
Hamed Ali: Head of Nigeria Custom Service (NCS). He is a staunch ally of the president.
Abba Kyari: Chief of Staff to President Buhari.
Abdulrahman Dambazzau: Interior Minister.
Lawal Daura: Oust director-general of the State Security Service (SSS) who ordered the siege laid at the national assembly this year.