Regain Control Of Your Government Now, Or Be Booted Out Soon – Two Former Presidents Attack Buhari

By Post Nigeria March 16, 2017 07:42

Regain Control Of Your Government Now, Or Be Booted Out Soon – Two Former Presidents Attack Buhari

Two former Nigerian Presidents, have said that President Muhamamdu Buhari, has lost control of his government, by allowing the Department of State Security Services, DSS, to undermine him in his quest to make Ibrahim Magu, the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The comments came hours after Magu, Buhari’s preferred nominee for the EFCC top job, was rejected for the second time in three months, by the Nigerian Senate.

In separate interviews with Premium Times, the former Commanders-in-Chief, who spoke on strict anonymity, said Buhari should be very worried about the direction his administration is headed.

“I strongly reject the notion that Buhari is helpless in his own cabinet,” one of the former leaders said. “I would never have allowed such humiliating insubordination in my administration. It was unthinkable that my own appointee would oppose my nominee at the National Assembly. No one could have tried that with me. He or she would have paid dearly for it.”

“What happened showed clearly that Buhari is not in charge.”

The second former President, said what happened in the Magu case was, “entirely inconceivable in a Presidential system anywhere in the world.”

In a painful effort to make sense of the development and convey his “rude shock”, the former leader said Mr. Buhari might actually be the one behind the “repeated humiliation of his own nominee”.

“Unless he is the one behind the whole controversy, by deliberately double-dealing with his own nominee and other subordinates, there is no way I would have thought a situation like this will play out, as someone who had been privileged to hold that position.

“As far as I am concerned, things seem to have fallen apart. It is also possible that he has never been in control. It is very unfortunate.”

Weighing in further on the controversy, one of the former leaders said the intrigues were a clear indication the President had lost control of his government.

“For me, it’s clearly disrespectful,” another former Commander-in-Chief said. “His (Buhari’s) appointees are hostile towards him, and I think that is not something we see regularly in governments across the world.”

The former leader said: “not a single one” of his appointees ever made any attempt that could “remotely be deemed an act of insubordination.”

“Never did any of my appointees even try to override a decision that had been concluded.”