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The power behind the throne: Mamman Daura behind Buhari as he greets Saidu Barde, the former governor of Katsina State

Buhari regime rocked by divisions

The government of Muhammadu Buhari is said to be reeling from constant infighting within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The party came into power following victory in the presidential (s)election last March as essentially a coalition of strange bedfellows brought together by the sole purpose of defeating former president Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Now the APC is in power, several of the factions that came together are beginning to feel marginalised by Buhari’s style of governance. A source said that the president “doesn’t listen to anyone” apart from his inner circle of old associates, that include his uncle Mamman Daura, the former “super permanent secretary” Ahmed Joda, who headed the president’s transition committee and Chief of Staff Abba Kyari, who is Daura’s “boy”.

Those three and a handful others in the “outer circle” and a wider group that used to belong with the president in the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), are said to have the president’s ear in every aspect of governance, from the budget to appointments to economic policy to who should or shouldn’t be investigated for corruption.

The source claimed that even when “good advice” is given to the president from other advisers and sources, he would reject it outright if Daura and company vetoed it.

The controversial 2016 budget was said to be drafted on behalf of the inner circle, and the source said that a lot of what Americans would call “pork barrel” projects have been included because they would benefit the business interests of those powers behind the throne. Naijiant.com was also informed that the president “doesn’t know what is in the budget, he just accepted it once the inner caucus told him it was OK”.

Buhari is said to spend most evenings from 4pm to very late at Daura’s house in Abuja drinking fresh fura de nono – a local yoghurt, while being manipulated by the “inner caucus”.

Many allies of Buhari are said to be increasingly frustrated about the situation and are scheming their next moves. While some are thinking of joining other parties, others are contemplating forming new ones. Our source even claimed that the “nuclear” option of impeaching the president is not off the table.

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