- President Muhammadu Buhari's bosom friend has revealed those who are against the present government
- Lawal Idris said Buhari's nephew Mamman Daura is the president's major problem
- He also said that Mamman never wanted Buhari as a president of Nigeria
An ally to President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed the major stumbling block in the progress of the present administration.
Lawal Idris, President Buhari's friend for 45 years said the president have always sworn to be fair in his leadership but was possessed by the evil cabals.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Trust, Idris said the Buhari-led administrtaion's challenge is the presence of the president's nephew Mamman Daura.
Describing Daura as Buhari's godfather, Idris said unlike Buhari's famous quote: "I belong to nobody and I belong to everybody", the president belongs to Mamman Daura.
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Idris said: "Number one, when Buhari was sworn-in, he swore by the Qur’an that he would be fair and we believed him. He said he belonged to no one but I knew he belong to Mamman Daura, Abba Kyari and Mamman are failed bankers and failed industrialists."
As at 29 November, 2016, Abba was still a Director of Exxon Mobil; Abba is Buhari’s Chief of Staff, he is a member of the Board of Directors of NNPC what a super brainy, workaholic? Idris asked.
He added that contrary to the believe of many Nigerians, Abba Kyari, President Buhari's chief of staff is on a 'poodle' in the hands of the president.
He said: "And Abba is Mamman’s poodle; whatever Abba is doing, it is Mamman that controls it. I know it and they know that I know it and they know me very well."
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I am even blaming only one; that is why I am calling Abba Kyari a poodle of Mamman. How did he (Buhari) get some of the ministers? Many were through Mamman Daura. How did he get some of the staff around him, it was through Mamman Daura," he said.
Idris said the president administration is emerged is a messy deal because the president is unaware of the craft of Mamman.
He added that Mamman who now appears to be in change of all happenings in the presidency never wanted Buhari to become the president.
"I am more than sure, Buhari knows I know and Mamman knows I know. I am an insider, not an outsider. I started this project because of the faith I had in Buhari. And I will tell you something; Mamman never wanted Buhari’s presidency.
I will only use one example and I wish Mamman Daura was alive… to deny it…
Buhari has an elder brother, Mamman Daura, very few people ever heard of him and he was the best Mamman Daura I knew.
I knew that one in 1970, he and President Buhari had the same father and the same mother. This other Mamman Daura is just a joke.
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I said this Mamman never wanted Buhari’s presidency because a week after Buhari was sworn-in, on Friday, we met at a mosque here in Kaduna. I walked to Mamman to greet him; there was this confidence that had taken a better part of him like he is now Mr President. Mamman told me that he and Mahmud didn’t like Buhari’s presidency.
And I said ‘ranka ya dade’, you don’t like it’ and he said “yes”. I was surprised and he saw the surprise on my face. He just changed the topic and said “you know uncle (Buhari) does not like politicians and politicians don’t like him”.
I said sir, but election has been won. Whether politicians like it or not, whether Buhari likes it or not, he has to work with politicians and politicians have to work with him for the betterment of our country. For me, God has given me what I wanted," Idris noted.
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He added that he offered some suggestions after Mamman brought up the need for politicians in their project.
He said there were better ways to source for funds rather than involving politicians.
"It is simple. I told many of my friends from the beginning, including many of Buhari’s associates but they did not believe me. I told Buhari even before the election was won that ‘evil people have possessed you’.
"When we started this project, I took Buhari to the Brookings Institute Washington D.C. After that I took him to Qatar and other places; he had so much faith in me and I had same in him. I have known this man since 1972.
Although Idris seems disappointed at the President Buhari's administration, he said he is hopeful that things will turn around for good for Nigerians.
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He further advised Buhari to do away with Mamman for as long as he is the president of Nigeria.
"As long as Buhari cannot get Mamman away from his side, his problem will continue. And the most important one, if I were Muhammadu Buhari, in whatever way I can communicate is to tell Nigerians to please forgive me’. It is a very hard thing to do," Idris said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that there were six members of the powerful cabal that controlled President Buhari's administration.
The cabal led by Mamman Daura were said to be incharge of all that happens in the presidency and across Nigeria.
Among those listed in the cabal include, Abba Kyari, Buhari's chief of staff; Mamman Daura, his nephew; Babachir Lawal, the suspended secretary to the governmnet of the federation; his ministers - Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi and Kayode Fayemi.
Others are: Ismaila Isa Funtua, Buhari's personal friend and the Chairman of Bulet International construction and Theophilus Danjuma a former chief of army staff.
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