The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu has disclosed that a close group of people who advise the President are called his kitchen cabinet rather than a cabal as referred to by some Nigerians.
Mr Garba Shehu stated this at a meeting he had in Abuja with the All Progressives Congress Press Corp.
He said this in reaction to statements in the media space by some Nigerians that the president has a cabal that is making decisions in the presidency.
Mr. Shehu said the term “cabal” is derogatory.
“What is the meaning of cabal? I just googled Thesaurus and among many other definitions, what they are saying is that cabal means ‘conspire, intrigues, mystique, occult, secret’. There is no government in this country that we have had that some people were not accused of being a cabal in that government and it is because every administration, every president must have a secretariat. Every president must have people who advise him. It is not a sun, it is not an offense to have people that you take into confidence. Elsewhere, they call it ‘Kitchen Cabinet’, but in our own country we are being derogatory and we term them the cabal so that it will tarnish their own good standing. A lot of them are successful people who are making extreme sacrifices to even be coming to serve government,” he said.
Mr Shehu noted that the different accusations thrown at the President even by some members of the elite is a situation that comes with the territory of being a leader.
“In fact, for some of our elites, Buhari is a bad man because you cannot go to him and say give me oil well and he will sign paper and give you. So, we understand the game that is playing out and there is always a price, in any case, to pay for that kind of exposure. Even the president himself, the kind of things that are being said of him, if he did not offer himself to serve, some of those things, people would not even have the chance to say them against him. So, we will live with it, we will accept it because it goes with the territory,” Mr. Shehu said.