Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi arrived in London this week and scheduled to fly to New York from there. As he chilled in his Marriott hotel room in Marble Arch in the British capital, Amaechi told a source that he only left Nigeria so that he could grab a chance to see President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister alleged that the “cabal” would not let him have a meeting with the president and have blocked his efforts to do so. As Buhari is unlikely to be surrounded by alleged “cabal” members such as his chief of staff Abba Kyari in New York, the president’s trip provides Amaechi with a window of opportunity. Buhari is scheduled to fly to New York next week and address the UN General Assembly on 19 September.
The “cabal” that controls the presidency is alleged to be headed by Buhari’s nephew Mamman Daura, with Kyari (Daura’s foster son) coordinating on a day to day basis. They have reportedly filled the Buhari administration with many of their loyalists, including the Attorney-General Abubakar Malami and Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika (the president’s nephew). It will be recalled that the president’s wife Aisha alleged in a BBC interview in October last year that a few people have surrounded the president and suggested he is not in charge of his government. She also said if things continued, she would not vote for him in 2019.
Amaechi, who is alleged to have provided about 80% of the funding for Buhari’s presidential campaign, also spoke about the recent comment from Aisha Alhassan, the Women Affairs minister, that she will support former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s 2019 presidential run. Amaechi said he understood the frustrations of his cabinet colleague. He attributed these to the fact that there was “little money” to be made as a minister because the “cabal” has “cornered everything” for themselves.