Former aviation minister and PDP chieftain, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode have unmasked the shadowy and faceless cabal said to be actually running the affairs of the government of President Buhari.

Since the coming of the administration of President Buhari’s, rumours had been rife of a small knit circle of powerful persons called The Cabal who is said to be actually in control of the levers of the current government, but no names or faces have been connected to it.

But in a Facebook post on Monday 31 December, Chief Fani-Kayode said he knew the members of the cabal “very well and have done so for many years”, and that some of them “are educated, reasonable and fair-minded whilst others are shallow, primitive and dangerous”, but was not more specific about who is which. He listed the cabal as;

Kayode’s List of the cabal

  1. Sani Zangon Daura (Relative to the President)
  2. Mamman Daura (Uncle to the President)
  3. Ismaila Isa Funtua (Friend to the President & Businessman)
  4. Babagana Kingibe (Kanuri politician recently awarded GCON)
  5. Hamed Ali (Head of Customs)
  6. Abba Kyari (Chief of Staff to the President)
  7. Abdulrahman Dambazzau (Minister of Interior)
  8. Lawal Daura (Former secret police chief)

Femi-Kayode’s conspiracy theory list appear to be an exclusive mix of Fulani and Kanuri ethnic persons.

Members of Buhari's cabal are: Sani Zangon Daura, Mamman Daura, Ismaila Isa Funtua, Babagana Kingibe, Hamed Ali, Abba…

Posted by Femi Fani-Kayode on Monday, December 31, 2018

Corroborating part of the information from Chief Kayode was Reno Omokri, ex-aide on New Media to immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan who tweeted a photo of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Godwin Emefiele, purportedly bending to take instructions from Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua, a business mogul and owner of a construction giant, who is said to be very close to the president.

The tweet reads, “This is the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He is bowing down to receive instructions from Samaila Isa Funtua, (Chairman of the popular Bulet International Construction Company) a member of the cabal controlling ⁦Buhari⁩.

“If you thought ⁦Aisha Buhari⁩ lied, I hope this photo convinces you.”

Many public commentators have alluded to the existence of a cabal, not least the president’s wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari, who in 2016 in a BBC Hausa interview alluded to a “few people” who had overbearing influence on her husbands’ government.

When her husband returned from a protracted illness in the U.K. in 2017, the first lady turned poetic, penning down her hopes, “God has answered the prayers of the weaker animals. The hyenas and the jackals will soon be sent out of the kingdom”.

Presidents wife, Aisha Buhari

Not seeing much action, she reminded the country on 2nd December in a speech to National Women Leadership Summit held at Abuja that her husband’s government was “dominated by two people that hinders the collective teamwork that we have started – this is totally unacceptable” she said.

In desperation she demanded, “Where are the Nigerian men? What are you doing?”

But a distraught, divided and bemused nation is unresponsive even to the First Lady’s call.

However, on Tuesday 25 December in a Voice of America Hausa service interview, president Buhari himself dismissed her wife’s claim as “her business” and challenged her be specific with those things “the cabal forced me to do”. 

Nigeria heads to the polls in about 44 days; and the Nigerian people will have the legitimate right to weigh in, and the democratic right to sack or renew the president’s mandate, and with it, that of the “cabal” – if it exist.

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