SR source listed the following minister as those Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, thinks should be cut off from President Muhammedu Buhari.
Their names are:
1. Lai Mohammed
He is the Minister of Information and Culture.
2. Babatunde Fashola
He is the Minister of Power, Works and Housing.
3. Rotimi Amaechi
He is the Minister of Transportation.
4. Audu Ogbeh
He is the Minister of Agriculture.
5. Hadi Sirika
He is the Minister of State for Aviation..
6. Abubakar Malami
He is the Minister for Justice and Attorney-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
7. Jummai Alhassan
She is the Minister of Women Affairs.
According to SR, Kyari recently sidelined Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, when he set aside the minister’s list of heads of agencies under his ministry and brought his own names.
Since then, Abba Kyari blocked every attempt by the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, to see Mr. President until the release of the Chibok girls last weekend,” said the source.
One source said he was unclear why Mr. Kyari orchestrated the change of the second paragraph of the President’s letter to the National Assembly, but the second source said the Chief of Staff had always seen some influential members of the Buhari administration, including the Vice President and some ministers, as countervailing forces against him, and wanted to phrase the letter to the National Assembly in a way that degraded the VP’s powers to act fully during Mr. Buhari’s absence.
“Besides VP Osinbajo, Abba Kyari considers ministers such as Lai Mohammed, Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi, Audu Ogbeh, Hadi Sirika, Malami, and Jumai Alhassan as those he should cut off from the President,” said our source.
He added that some ministers, including the Budget & Planning Minister, Udoma Udo Udoma, who tried to work with Mr. Kyari have become so frustrated by the Chief of Staff’s notorious tardiness and sloppiness.
Our sources said Mr. Kyari’s desire to isolate and control Buhari often created political problems for the President, with many critics believing that he approved some of the bizarre moves made by his chief personal aide.