The Presidency might just have confirmed the speculations of a cabal at the presidency which runs the affairs of the nation.
Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a recent statement said that there is nothing wrong in having cabals around President Muhammadu Buhari to help him run the government, saying that all governments in the world have cabals too.
He further spoke on the need to regulate social media in the country, saying that its abuse had caused many damages.
Mr. Shehu, the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, and all those who advocate for the regulation of social media are right because it has and could indeed cause serious damages. But the law and policies must be targeted at the platforms and not the people.
Make social media regulation policies targeting the platforms (facebook, twitter, instagram, etc) and not innocent Nigerians who would be affected by the abuse of the same law made by the government.
The abuse of power is a very common thing among African leaders. Our leaders ignore the law and do whatever they want or decide like emperors. What happens if they get legal grounds to come after the citizens?
Read Mallam Garba’s statement to journalists in Abuja below;
“What is the meaning of a cabal? I just googled the Thesaurus and among many other definitions, what they are saying is that a 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 and every president must have a secretariat.
“Every president must have people who advise him. It is not a sin, it is not an offence 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 cabals so that it will tarnish their own good standing.”
“Some of them have no need to be around government. In fact, to some of our elite, the President is a bad man because you cannot go to him and say give me oil well and he will sign the 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 kind of things that are being said of the President himself, if he did not offer himself to serve, 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.”
“There is a need to protect vulnerable members of the society. There is a need to protect those in the minority, whether tribal or religious, in our own country. So, it makes sense that you, as media stakeholders, come around the Minister of Information and Culture and formulate the kind of regulation you want so that it is not a top bottom approach, so that government will not be accused of imposing a regulatory mechanism on the media. The minister is saying come, sit down with me and let us talk about it. And I was told that the day he called on members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, they walked out on him. If that report is true, I think it is very unfortunate.
Ogbodo ThankGod is currently the Managing Director/CEO/Group Chief Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He was the Chief Editor at NaijaBuzz.News before his new top leadership role. Ogbodo has years of experience in the Nigeria Media Industry and has co-founded some media companies. He is the founder of Ogbodo Solution Nigeria and 1Push.Ng. He loves playing football and is a strong supporter of Lionel Messi who he describes as the greatest footballer of all time.