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When There Is Clash of Personal and National Interests

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Nigeria News takes a look at the clash of personal and national interests among Nigerian politicians as it affects the running of this government.

The present crop of politicians are more interested in what they will gain from the country but not what the country will gain from them.

A few of them that have the interest of the country at heart cannot function well because there are cabals whose personal interests have overwhelmed the national agenda.

President Muhammadu Buhari was accused of clannishness by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in a letter written a few months ago. The letter goes a long way to expose the personal agenda of Buhari in the administration of this country.

But it must be quickly highlighted that those who hold key ministries in this administration are not Buhari’s clans but tested hands from southwest Nigeria.

The Nigeria Super Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, the Immediate past Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the immediate past Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Communication Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi are not from Buhari’s clan.

They are all from the South and mostly the southwest. Let us also remember that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is Yoruba from the southwest who leads the Economic team of this administration.

However, there are cabals many of whom are Buhari’s clans whom, according to findings, are clogs in the wheel of this administration.

This is one of the minuses for President Buhari because he knows them and has refused to remove these cabals to allow the smooth running of this government.

The President’s wife Mrs Aisha Buhari once lamented that there were two prominent persons in Buhari’s government that are real problems to this nation and until they are removed, the government may not function efficiently.

These two persons are serving their personal agenda but not national agenda. They create the clash in Buhari’s administration while the president has failed salvage the situation.

Much is not being heard about the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. He had been found at some point to have involved in shady deals.

Malami was found culpable in the reinstatement of the former chairman of the presidential team on pension reform, Abdulrasheed Maina into civil service.

Maina was on the EFCC list of wanted corrupt public officers. He ran away from the country but came in through the back door after the election of Buhari and was reinstated in the Ministry of Interior by Malami.

The Buhari’s Chief of Staff Abba Kyari was also found culpable in the whole Saga. Till date, the two are still in the cabinet of Buhari as Power brokers.

Buhari’s sincerity about national service is not in doubt but his weakness to kick out those that are denting his government is seriously affecting the growth and development of the country.

Let it be known today that the performance of this administration will not be measured by the integrity of Buhari but by the fulfilment of the promises made by the All Progressives Congress-led government.

Nigerians want better and quality health services, education and infrastructure to enable good businesses to thrive. Nigerians want a good foreign exchange to make international transactions easier. Buhari’s integrity and his fight against corruption mean little if Nigerian children cannot afford a quality education.

Buhari’s integrity will be nothing if Boko Haram insurgents will not stop killing innocent Nigerians and Leah Sharibu, the only Christian girl abducted in Dapchi School is still languishing in the cell of terrorists.

Yes, the president may love this country and want a better deal, he has allowed the personal agenda of some of his co-workers to becloud his national interest. This will definitely work against him in the coming presidential election in 2019.

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