Ministerial list: Presidency orders tighter security measures for Mamman Daura, Abba Kyari—
The Presidency has ordered tighter security measures around President Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura, his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and some other members of the President’s Kitchen Cabinet.
The Nation reports that the men who are close to President Buhari, have been receiving serious attacks by unknwon persons over claims that they are working against some persons making the ministerial list.
On Tuesday June 25th, some unknown persons attacked the home of Abba Kyari in Daura, Kaduna state over claims that he was working to prevent their preferred candidate from being nominated for a ministerial position. There was even a street protest in Abuja on this matter.
Worried by this development, the presidnecy has given an order to security agencies to tighten the security measures around these men.
A source in the presidency said
“The Presidency has directed that security be strengthened for Daura, Kyari and other close associates of the President, who are being targeted. The challenge most lobbyists are having is that the President is keeping the list of his incoming cabinet to himself. Not even APC leaders or governors have access to the list. Some may have dropped names but the President is always keeping quiet. It is difficult to read his mindset. So, attacking Daura and Kyari was unfortunate. They do not have any role to play in compiling the list of those who will be members of the Federal Executive Council.”
The source added
“ Security agencies are investigating those behind the unwarranted personal attacks on Daura and Kyari and others being assumed to be in charge of the cabinet list, who are said to be sponsored. “I believe these agencies will unmask them.”
Another source told The Nation that the final consideration of likely ministerial nominees is being done by the President. Most states have as many as three nominees from whom the President will pick one.
“ The list in most states comprises three nominees, but the President has adopted broader perspective in considering the nominees, including some former ministers. Preliminary background checks on some of the nominees are ongoing. But before the President sends the list to the National Assembly in July, the checks would have been concluded and the best chosen for cabinet appointments.” the source said