Cabal only exists in Saraki’s head – Presidency

Femi Adesina

Aso Rock has described allegation by Senate President Bukola Saraki that a cabal has taken over the Muhammadu Buhari administration as a figment of the embattled lawmaker’s imagination.

Saraki, who was arraigned along with his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and two others before an Abuja High Court on Monday for forgery said after he was granted bail that there was “now a government within the government of President Buhari”, which has allegedly seized the apparatus of executive powers to pursue a nefarious agenda.

Commenting on the “fictive cabal” Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said “This claim by Senator Saraki would have been more worth the while, if it had been backed with more information.

“If he had proceeded to identify those who constitute the “government within the government,” it would have taken the issue beyond the realm of fiction and mere conjecture.

“But as it stands, the allegation is not even worth the paper on which it was written, as anybody can wake from a troubled sleep, and say anything.”

Saraki had said the action of the Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, in initiating his trial and that of Ekweremadu was misguided.

Adesina, however, said, “The Attorney-General of the Federation is the Chief Law Officer of the state. It is within his constitutional powers to determine who has infringed upon the law, and who has not.

“Pretending to carry an imaginary cross is mere obfuscation, if, indeed, a criminal act has been committed. But we leave the courts to judge.

“To claim that President Buhari is anybody’s stooge is not only ridiculous, but also preposterous. It is not in the character of our President.”