An elder statesman and the second republic lawmaker , Junaid Muhammed has traced the alleged political crisis being faced by the Nigerian vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, to what he called the ‘Kaduna mafia’.
Muhammed said he was not surprised about the development itself, but the timing.
According to Vanguard Newspaper who reported that while urging a careful management of the alleged travails being faced by vice president, he said Osinbajo’s challenge could be because he is partisan and ‘obviously’ not loyal to the ruling party.
“I wasn’t surprised to hear about it but the timing took me by surprise. If you want to do this kind of thing, you do it when you can handle the consequence.
“The cabals are the extension of Kaduna mafia. The ambition of the Kaduna mafia has always been to dominate the north; they have never had the opportunity to do so until the coming of Buhari’s administration,” he said.
Muhammed maintained his earlier stand that there are cabals that need to be fought using democratic means.
According to him, when he first made the claim, Nigerians thought he was ‘blabbing’.
The former lawmaker argued that the law stipulates that all the aides to the vice president are appointed by the president and, as such, their loyalties should be to Muhammadu Buhari.
“In other words, the issue between Osinbajo and Buhari should be handled with care. It reminds me of the issue between former president Obasanjo and his vice, Atiku,” Junaid Muhammed said.
According to Daily Post who gathered that the affected aides were
sacked “outside the directive” of Buhari who is currently on a private
visit in London.
Recall that reports have it that Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari
allegedly relieved some aides attached to Osinbajo in a bid to reduce
the influence of the Vice President.
The report gathered that the current move being masterminded by an
alleged top aide of the President was a knee-jerk reaction to weekend’s
perceived vote of confidence passed on the embattled Vice President by
the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar.
An informed source hinted that while the President had already
“personally approved the appointment of all the 35 aides reportedly
disengaged, he had also instructed their deployment to other ministries
as part of a reorganization of the presidency proposed to him by the
same top aide, who is seen to be engaging Osinbajo in a power tussle.
“While the Emir of Daura, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar
had spoken so highly of Osinbajo at the installation ceremony of the
President’s cousin, Musa Haro as the new Dan-Madamin of Daura last
Saturday, the top aide to the President was present and was pissed.
“The Emir’s effusive praise of Osinbajo at the event on his loyalty
to the president and commitment to project Nigeria was seen as a
deliberate attempt by the Emir to smite the so-called head of Aso Villa
cabal and rubbish all they have been doing to curtail and humiliate the
VP in an attempt to orchestrate a tussle between the President and his
Vice,” the source said.
The source stated that Buhari had approved Osinbajo’s aides to stay
in the Presidential Villa and those to be posted to Ministries before
travelling out of Nigeria.
“The President had already approved all the aides of the VP and
stipulated those to be in the villa, and those to be in the ministries.
But by Monday, two days after the Emir of Daura praised the Vice
President’s loyalty and service, the top aide, behind this whole problem
ensured that all the aides deployed to the ministries should be
“He, however, exempted those sent to the new ministry of Humanitarian
Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development,” he said.
It was also learnt that the top government functionary was told it
was the President who made the decision to relieve the aides, thereby,
causing confusion and raising doubts about such a claim, since it was
the same President that approved all the presidential aides in the
office of the Vice President before traveling.
Checks, however, revealed that official correspondence from the
President’s office specified that Buhari had approved all his
deployments only a few weeks ago.
However, Osinbajo’s aides were forcefully fired after a shouting
march between the highly placed Federal Government official and Buhari’s
senior aide on claims that “it was what the President wanted,” even as
there was no proof to such a claim.
Speaking with DAILY POST last night, another informed source said:
“It was the public admonition by the Emir that infuriated the cabal. The
buzz within government circle now is how an aide could possibly pervert
a presidential decision that is written in black and white.”
Sources close to the President also expressed concern that this
development with the news of the alleged sack of some of the Vice
President’s aides might worry Buhari who had warned that some of the
recent changes that affected Osinbajo’s role are not misunderstood or
used to embarrass him, ( the President), in the perception of the
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