Against the wider narrative that President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura, is controlling the presiding and decides who gets what in the administration, the publisher of LEADERSHIP newspaper, Sam Nda-Isiah, said the latter never meddled in running the country.
Mr Nda-Isiah, who is a close ally to Mamman Daura and other members of the famous “Kaduna mafia”, said the president’s nephew once anointed a former minister of defense, TY Danjuma, to be President Goodluck Jonathan’s deputy, following uncertainties over President Umaru Yar’Adua’s failing health.
In a lengthy article entitled “Mamman Daura @ 80” Mr Nda-Isaiah said Mr Daura only nominated one junior minister for Mr Buhari in 2015 and the minister was not re-appointed by the president in 2019.
He also revealed that Mr Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, was personally chosen by the president not Mr Daura as widely speculated.
In the article, the newspaper publisher also revealed that Namadi Sambo lobbied for his predecessor, Ahmed Makarfi, to be appointed vice president but Mr Jonathan instead chose him, following recommendation of Mr Danjuma.
He said Mr Danjuma interviewed and recommended former governors of Niger, Kaduna and Katsina, Babangida Aliyu, Namadi Sambo and Ibrahim Shema respectively.
Mr Jonathan, the publisher wrote, dropped the first candidate, Babangida Aliyu, on account of zoning as Senate President David Mark was from the North Central.