UPDATED: No cabal in Buhari’s govt, it’s a myth – Tinubu

Buhari and Tinubu
President Buhari receives in audience APC Chieftain Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu in State House on 30th Oct 2017 [Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo]

A leader of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, said on Monday that there was no cabal in the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Mr. Tinubu said this while addressing journalists after a closed door meeting with the president at the Aso Villa.

“What is the myth in this leadership thing? What is cabal? It is a myth,” the former Lagos governor said.

Mr. Tinubu described as “fake news” the belief among many Nigerians that a cabal in the presidency was in control of the government and had even side-lined him.

“You know me. I am not known to shy away from talking my mind and rebelling if it is necessary and taking charge of things that I believe are necessary,” he said.

The belief by many Nigerians of the existence of a cabal worsened recently after the secret recall and promotion of a dismissed fugitive, Abdulrasheed Maina, into the civil service.

PREMIUM TIMES exposed Mr. Maina’s recall despite being wanted for alleged fraud by the anti-graft agency, EFCC. He has since gone back into hiding after Mr. Buhari ordered his dismissal and investigation into his recall.

Investigations by this paper had shown Mr. Maina’s recall was engineered by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Dambazau, as well as the State Security Service, SSS.

The handling of the Maina situation by the government generated a lot of criticisms and worsened after the presidency virtually blamed the opposition Peoples Democratic Party for the recall.

On Monday, however, Mr. Tinubu said he still has confidence in Mr. Buhari,

“We worked hard to bring about the government, there are certain things that are unpredictable and those are things that can lean itself to gossips, insinuations and all of that,” he said.

The former governor also explained why he was not in regular public consultation with the president.

“Once you create leadership and it’s functioning you don’t have to babysit that leadership unless there is a loss of confidence; and I don’t have that,” he said.

Mr. Tinubu said the APC is a party of the people, adding “each of us have our roles to play and that is why we are playing it. I don’t believe in the myth, I believe in confidence building, the trust that we have in the president.”

The APC leader said he had a fruitful discussion with Mr. Buhari.

He said in a democracy such as Nigeria’s there is bound to be “twists and turns” as well as conflicts. He, however, said there are mechanisms to handle such conflicts within the APC.


Mr. Tinubu, one of the most influential leaders of the ruling APC, also said Tuesday’s meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party will be rancour free.

The APC, despite being the ruling party, has faced several internal strife and has not been able to hold a NEC meeting since July 2015.

Mr. Tinubu had also called for the removal of the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, in a public spat between the two leaders.

He, however, said on Monday that despite the crisis in the governing party, it is on the right course.

“Can you go back to the history of 16 years of the PDP?

“APC government is on course and will remain on course and we will remain focused to those necessary things about development, welfare and progress of our people,” he said.

“It is not easy to face the challenges and the well that was dug, sinkhole that we inherited. But we are sorting that one out gradually; so in few steps, we will find happiness and development in the future of our country.

When asked for his opinion on the call by some Nigerians for Mr. Buhari to run again in 2019, Mr. Tinubu simply said, “Don’t discuss that one with me.”

Mr. Buhari has not stated that he will seek re-election, but some of his close allies have already asked him to run in 2019 despite his health situation. The president recently spent over 100 days in London for treatment of an undisclosed ailment.


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  • Jon

    Yoruba man don come again. Watch that guy carefully. Nothing to watch anyway. Nigerians know who they are.

    • Eluba Inas

      keke run tribal bigot!

      • Gbogbone


        President Buhari of Nigeria is administratively incompetent and it shows. He reportedly ‘terminated’ the third most senior member of the executive branch of government – the Secretary to Government – but he gave no reason, meaning that Babachir Lawal – the terminated Secretary to the Government – has no case to answer for wangling 250 million Naira from the treasury and awarding that whopping sum to a company he himself had promoted and incorporated.

        If President Buhari wants to be seen as honest he’s failed again as he did on his claimed 1961 Wasc/Gce certificate – which nobody in Nigeria has ever seen, not one person, not even the Principal of his secondary school in Katsina who should have been the first person to receive it from WAEC and handed it over to Muhamadu Buhari in 1961, i.e; if Buhari ever sat for that Waec/Gce examination. Here again, the underlying corruption of Babachir Lawal is impliedly swept under the carpet as if he was only terminated at the pleasure of President Muhamadu Buhari.

        • pambegua

          Gbogbone from your write up I guess you are a young chap who start writing WAEC/NECO between 2000 to date when NECO was introduced into the country and WAEC/NECO/NABTEB was bastardized. Asked people who wrote exams between 1960 to 1999 they will tell you PMB had a good result.. Myself I wrote WAEC (external/internal) 5 times between 1993 to 1995 and I know how i suffered to make because there was no special centers then like now. You may say I was a dullard but I know thousand like me who displays excellence in our universities days can bear me witness. My point is as when BUHARI wrote his WAEC his result was one of the best then. In the transcript of his result we saw 2 others who had worse result than PMB later became the CHIEF JUSTICE OF NIGERIA. We have seen BUHARI result, can you show us your own result so we can CAMPARE who is more brilliant between you and PMB. If you cannot do that because of shame PLEASE SHUT UP. With your 9 Distinction from a WAEC SPECIAL center what significant success have you add to the COUNTRY NIGERIA? PLEASE SHUT UP

    • Dele Ademola


      Every time his ACN/APC party sycophants try to make him look less worse in his
      judgment calls, Bola Tinubu will un-erringly disappoint in public as he’s
      never lived up to the meaning of a LEADER – except perhaps of the majority
      illiterates in Lagos who have no formal schooling themselves to think of their
      own volition, even as Lagos state rots for lack of thought into the 2nd
      worst city in the world today, under the overall command and control of a
      mentally bereft Bola Tinubu, according to latest 2017 global economic city

  • Ayinde

    No Cabal, its a myth ! Lenu e Bola, Ok oooooo

    • realist

      Tinubu is wiser, only doing “ma Jo lo… ” to Buhari, so that the man will not quickly detect his plans. Just watch out.

  • forestgee

    People are not blind even Saraki and the President’s wife confirmed, directly and indirectly, the existence of cabal in this government.

  • Mark M

    Hogwash! Damage control and spin-masters at work!

    Buhari’s government is beginning to show signs of desperation. Photo-op with Tinubu and blatant denial from the man who got him into power. How interesting — especially when considering that [he] has been sidelined for some time now…

  • Rev

    This is indeed A party of liars from top to bottom. Just like their cousins in the PDP!!

  • pambegua

    The Jagaban. It is only the those that had little knowledge of politics that don’t you you are part of everything that goes in this Govt. They try many times to come between you and PMB but many times they fail. You are indeed a POLITICAL GENIUS. IF you dangled much into Aso Rock happenings the same wailers and haters of PMB will accused you if controlling the president. If you remained underground running things the wailers and haters of PMB will still bring the idea you are sidelined. But those of us who study your political rise knows YOU ARE ON TOP OF THE GAME.Your disciplines are VPs, Ministers, Senators, GMs, MDs, FIRS, GOVERNORS. You are A GENERAL OF GENERALS but the shadow minded cannot understand. You are my MODEL when it comes to POLITICS

    • David Puff

      A classic write up….
      Nice one….

    • Frank Bassey

      “The Jagaban. It is only the those that had little knowledge of politics
      that don’t you you are part of everything that goes in this Govt.”


      1. Shaibu Musa – MD, NNPC Medical Services
      2. Ibrahim Birma – Group General Manager, Audit Division
      3. Ahmed Katagum – Group GM Shipping
      4. Kallamu Abdullahi – Group GM, Renewable Energy Division
      5. Dr Bola Afolabi – Group GM, Research & Development
      6. Adeyemi Adetunji – MD, NNPC Retail Division
      7. Usman Yusuf – Group GM, NNPC GMD Office
      8. Bala Wunti – in charge of Corporate Planning & Strategy
      9. Umar Ajiya – MD, Nigerian Products Marketing Company
      10. Muhammed Abah – MD, Warri Refining Petrochemical Company
      11. Malami Shehu – MD, Port Harcourt Refining Company
      12. Adewale Ladenegan – MD, Kaduna Refining Petrochemical Co (dormant)
      13. Diepriye Tariah – MD, Integrated Data Services
      14. Rland Wubare – GM National Petroleum Investment Services
      NOTE: Maikanti Baru – still GMD, NNPC.
      Isiaka Abdulrasaq – GMD Finance & Services
      Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari – Petroleum Minister

      • share Idea

        You forgot to add, if he was aware that Maina was recalled to civil service and promoted?

        • Frank Bassey

          As “Jagaban” who is Almighty – knows everything, can do everything, have his men everywhere, very powerful, there is no way he would not know, except you are decorating him in borrowed robes.

      • serubawon70

        Is it all about appointments to NNPC jobs?

        • Frank Bassey

          Do you want more? Read BUSINESS DAY of Sunday October 29, 2017 and see the 100 positions PMB cornered for his own people. I know you will not bother to confirm it. Remove NNPC appointments on that list, and tell me how many of other tribes were so ‘favoured’,

        • Frank Bassey

          It is not only about NNPC appointments.

        • abodes_124

          No , it is a reflection of the current state of governance under buhari

      • pambegua

        How many Yoruba did you see in your own list? How many Igbo’s did you see there? How many Niger Deltans did you see there? Those 3 Yoruba’s you see in your list(I have my own list) found themselves because of the involvement of Tinubu in PMB POLITICS. Because the Igbo’s have no Tinubu(Because you rejected the Ngiges, Okorochas, Joe Igwokes, Ogbonnaya Onus to bring you to center of politics) No Igbo name is there. So who is a fooling himself? Tinubu or yourself. Like him or hate him he is the best Yoruba interest fighter now. Others are fighting for either their pocket or political interest. But Tinubu sacrifice all that for his BOYS to be there

        • Frank Bassey

          Your reasoning is pitiable and you have not presented the SW in positive light. If all that Tinubu could secure for Yoruba (assuming your information was right) is a dormant refinery and inconsequential departments, and he/you accepted it with pride; it shows the kind of persons you are — very brave, take no nonsense, refuse to accept crumbs and bold. I wish you luck; may that remain your lot.

        • abodes_124

          What a sad response that exposes the mind set that makes Nigeria continue to go ever backwards.

    • abodes_124

      So we can definitely give credit to Tinubu for all the act of Buhari’s government.
      History will judge him

    • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

      Your comment is as irritating as your name, spits

  • David Puff

    “True power is the ability to remain in the shadows despite being under the brightest of lights ” Mario Puzo.
    This is what Tinubu has been able to prove since 2015 ever since he created the current leadership. (He’s been in the shadows despite all the light).
    Tinubu you are truly a power house in Nigeria political space…
    If u doubt Tinubu political muscle, u can ask Buhari or Obasanjo or Jonathan…..

    • Frank Bassey

      You are either being characteristically pretentious, or you are ignorant of the political space. To argue that Tinubu belongs to the mainstream of PMB’s powerhouse is like a boy calling his mother’s concubine a loving Dad.

  • Frank Bassey


  • Dan Arewa

    Tinubu has shame some gullibles that always accuse Baba Buhari of being a sectional leader which has his government being hijack by the Presidential cables.

  • Ishaku isaac

    Hahaha! Old men speaking from two sides of their mouth.

  • share Idea

    APC and Buhari are using their last card in dribbling the gullible. VP integrity have been rubbished by Baru scandal, Buhari integrity has been exposed for the scam it has been, and they are calling on Tinubu to help them, a las, the gullible are no longer deceived.

    • Wolexit 1999


      Ahahahaha But Bola Tinubu is the wrong man for the job; he simply doesn’t have the clout.
      He is still struggling to hold his cracking enclave in Lagos state together after almost losing 2015
      governorship election there to Jimi Agbaje of the PDP. Bola Tinubu is his own undoing besides.
      His limited schooling makes him un-acceptable to enlightened Yoruba people who despise his
      inability to know what to think; how to think, and, how to express his thoughts, if any, with
      coherence, which he lacks, partly because he badly struggles with English language.

      • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

        Lol a bit harsh

  • share Idea

    It has started, have you not seen all the damage control from PMB against Igbos, from paying pensions of Biafran heroes to agreeing to settle out of court case…Nigerians would see more of corruption in this administration as 2019 draws closer

    • Rev

      Buhari and his band of politician robbers simply think Nigerians can be “settled” While their dirty and looting business goes on as usual. But they will soon be proved very wrong.


    Asiwaju Tinubu , please respect your age and gain some dignity !! The Yoruba are not blind and the Fulani cannot confuse them again .

    • pambegua

      Did GEJ gave Yoruba’s the appointments PMB gave Yoruba’s. Apart from Awolowo I have never seen any Yoruba who had THE YORUBA’S INTEREST at heart like TINUBU. Yoruba’s were able to come to mainstream politics because of the diehard political mentality of the TINUBUS. Like him or hate him Tinubu is hundred percent better than the FAYOSES, FFKS, LADOJAS, FALAES, UDUMAKINS, MIMIKOS, BODE THE EX-CONVICT, DANIEL GBENGAS, BURUJIS,AGBAJES, OBANIKOROS, AFENIFERES RENEWAL GROUPS. Because of Tinubu a Yoruba is a VP, A Yoruba collecting the TAXES of Nigeria, A Yoruba minister of Finance, A Yoruba Minister of Works and Housing, A Yoruba a state minister of NDDC, A Yoruba Minister of Health, etc. This feet was achieved because of the TINUBU political calculation.Even Obasonjo does not fight for Yoruba interests but THE FULANI HAUSAS PUT HIM THERE

  • Mizch


  • Really

    Sorry Mr. Tinubu,

    The damage is beyond repair.

    Not even by your myth.

    • Powerlessconscious

      damage to what? is it bokoharam that were defeated or the stealing that was reduced to minima or the number of criminals arrested so far or the promotion of local consumption or flag off of africultural program or dangote refinery or mabilla power project or small modular refinery coming up or GEJ DEBT which was paid?

      which of the damage are you talking about?

      • Really

        Why then are you hysteric if all is well?

        • Powerlessconscious

          Who is hysteric between me and you? Who is afraid of the sword of buhari between me and you?

          • Really

            Take it easy Mr Sword. Right

  • abodes_124

    Tinibu, you know you are responsible for the current state Nigeria is in now. If you think it is in very good shape then be proud . if you think it is in a terrible shape then be ashamed.

    • Powerlessconscious

      What is the current state of nigeria? what was the situation of nigeria before election?
      why is it that you guys can not be sincere for once?

      • abodes_124

        Not quite sure whether this is a rhetorical or actual question. The current state of Nigeria IS the current state of Nigeria. I did not qualify it but left it for Tinibu to do so and be proud or ashamed depending on his assessment.

        • Powerlessconscious

          We are proud of the current state.
          It used to be bomb bblast up to abuja coupled with massive looting and criminalities all over the country. But those has stopped.

      • Really

        The answer is not far fetched , because the country is flourishing, according to your impeccable assessment. Buhari Media Centre (BMC) Chief exucutive.
        Keep working for Baba.

        • Powerlessconscious

          Shutup, the country is more progressive and pdp 16years of govt was a DISASTER. looting and looting and looting was the movie. And criminalities all over.

          • Really

            Just that it easy and make your case. Being hysteric can not help you. OK

          • Powerlessconscious

            Don’t worry, when the time come we shall see.

  • Powerlessconscious

    That is the conspiracy of igbos. These people are so dumb that they can define a FIAR govt. If igbos are american, they will be calling for the head of Donald Trump today.

    But I believe the educated nigerians can use the economic knowledge they got form school to judge afair govt between APC and PDP.

    Every economic step taken by western countries is what buhari and his team has done for nigeria.

    Reduction of unnecessary outflow of hard earn dollar
    fighting crime and insecurity
    blockage of stealing by political thieves
    whitsle blower policy
    investment in power generation
    investment in rail
    investment in road
    support to dangote refinery
    manbilla power project
    Payment of DEBT created by PDP administration
    support to state govTT

    • Really

      Not to forget:
      Permanent Medical Holidays in England
      Countless extra judicial killings.
      Offering safe haven for the invation of his Fulani Herdsmen.
      Exportation of Roten Yams.
      To say the least among other western recommendations he has accomplished.

      Buhari Media Centre.(BMC)

      • Powerlessconscious

        They are all LEGAL. NOT ILLEGAL. and mind you, is that all your brain can think?

        • Really

          Legal and Laudable Indeed !
          What a pity?

          • Powerlessconscious

            Yes. They are legal. Is only insane people accuse security of doing their jobs again terrorist group. All others were approved by national assembly.

          • Really

            Now i have heard you. You have made your case for your Boss Indeed
            Can we now have a rest? OK