November 20, 2023: Former Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has refuted claims that a powerful cabal hijacked his government. During a recent interview, Buhari dismissed the notion, stating that it was a figment of Nigerians’ imagination.
“It must have been (imagination),” Buhari asserted.
The allegation of a cabal controlling the government has been a persistent theme during Buhari’s tenure. Critics have pointed to the influence of a small group of individuals, often close to the president, in shaping policy decisions.
However, Buhari maintains that he remained in complete control of his administration throughout his presidency. He attributed the perception of a cabal to the challenges faced by the country during his time in office.
“I am so preoccupied with the local problems that I hardly think about the external problems,” Buhari explained, referring to the numerous issues plaguing Nigeria, including economic hardship, security concerns, and corruption.
Despite Buhari’s denial, the perception of a cabal remains deeply ingrained in the minds of many Nigerians. Whether or not the allegation holds merit, it highlights the challenges faced by Nigeria’s democratic institutions and the need for greater transparency and accountability in government.