A group of self described “die-hard supporters” of President Muhammadu Buhari took to the streets in Abuja demanding that the President takes charge of his government during his second tenure.
Why it matters: The group which comprised members of the ruling All Progressives Congress and the presidential campaign gave voice to the popular perception about a shadow cabal that runs the presidency. Three years ago, First Lady Aisha Buhari also publicly spoke against this unidentified cabal, alleging that her husband was not in charge of the government.
Per Dr. Symeon Chilagorom who led the group in protest to the Defence House, Maitama: “Our demand is a simple one, the people of this country elected Muhammadu Buhari as their President, not Mamman Daura, not Ismaila Funtua, and definitely not Abba Kyari (alleged members of the cabal). Only President Buhari has our mandate to govern over the affairs of this nation. In light of that, we are simply asking that President Buhari should take back control of his Government and begin to walk his talk during the campaign by delivering on the promises made.”
– On delay in appointing cabinet members: “By now, we expected that a new cabinet independently formed by the President based on merit and other constitutional criteria is made public at the very least, not a situation where few members of the cabal are hiding in shadows trying to handpick their allies and cronies who have contributed to neither the growth of the country nor assist the Party and the Presidential campaign in the run up to the 2019 General Elections.”
– On widespread insecurity: “Today, Insecurity permeates a vast area of the northern region majorly caused by poverty and slow pace of governance at all levels, time for governance is now.”