Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has the ear of President Buhahahari, according to a source.
The source claims that Buhahari has a lot of regard for the former president. They are both ex military colleagues and Obasanjo, as military dictator, appointed the current president as a federal commissioner for petroleum.
Obasanjo, is taking advantage of Buhahari’s regard for him to exact his pound of flesh from those he has crossed swords with in the past. These include Bobo Chicago Bola Tinubu, Rotimi Amaechi and Chris Ngige. The source said that the former president has used his influence over Buhahari to destroy the chances of Amaechi and Ngige being appointed to strategic positions in the new adminstration.
Ngige, the former senator and governor from Anambra State, was widely speculated to be appointed secretary to the federal government. But Obasanjo advised the president against the appointment because of Ngige’s troubles with the Uba brothers – Chris and Andy – who are both close to Obasanjo.
Amaechi’s people were expecting him to be appointed either chief of staff or petroleum minister. However, Obasanjo warned the president against it, claiming Amaechi “can’t be trusted because of how he betrayed his own brother” (former president Goodluck Jonathan). Obasanjo also dissuaded the president by saying the Amaechi was uncontrollable and “ready to fight anybody”, including the president.