When the Later Former President of Nigeria, Alhaji Umaru Yar’adua held sway at Aso Villa, only few knew that there were some people working underground and even within his cabinet working for the administration. These people, mostly of Katisna State origin, were allegedly members of the powerful Katsina Mafia. But since the unfortunate demise of President Yar’adua few years ago, most of these powerful think-tankers for Yar’adua suddenly went underground only to resurface, albeit, subtly, with the emergence of General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) as the new President of Nigeria. Coincidentally, President Buhari also hails from Kastina, just like this click of Katsina Mafia, who are now angling for very sensitive designations and responsibilities in the new administration. News of the People exclusively serves you a list of some of these men, who may very soon form the bulk of the kitchen cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari. Enjoy it, even as it is in no preferential order.
Tanimu Yakubu: A prominent member of the Late Yar’adua’s administration. He was deservedly the Special Adviser on Economic Matters to the Late President, and was believed to be very intelligent, articulate and sound in economic matters. He was also very close to the Late President and a prominent member of his (Yar’adua’s) cabinet. Right now, he is quietly working behind the scene for President Buhari; and he is touted to have worked resiliently and hard to see to the emergence of Buhari as the President. Hints are in town that he might succeed the incumbent Governor of Central bank, Godwin Emefiele, in a not too distant future. He is also one of the people that have the listening ears of President Buhari, but he loves to work behind the scene.
Dahiru Mangai: He is a very successful businessman, who plays big in the importation of goods. Information has it that Dahiru Mangai was extremely close to Late Yar’adua, and it was actually through his vast donation of funds that paved way for the appointment of Mohammed Dikko as the Comptroller General of Customs, a fellow member of the invincible Katsina Mafia. Again, he virtually bankrolled all the funds used to prosecute the Presidential ambition of General Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina, which actually came to pass, as Buhari garnered most votes in his favour at the March 28 presidential polls. He can definitely not be wished away by Buhari in any political decision-making if he is so interested.
ABA Ruma: Another formidable member of the Katsina mafia. He was once a commissioner in Katsina State, when the late President Yar’adua was governor of the state; later he became the Minister for Agriculture under the same Yar’adua when he became president. On account of this, and his same origin from Katsina like the incumbent President, it is being widely rumoured that he might be the man to be put in charge of the Lake Chad Basin Project being proposed to improve the irrigation system of the entire Northern Region; a project he single-handed initiated while he was Minister for Agriculture. The permutations are surely in his favor when eventually the project comes to fruition.
Baba Gana Kingibe: No doubt a very strong man in the political and administrative terrain of Nigeria, and he has been there for long, but only went underground after the exit of the late Yar’adua. He was actually the Secretary of the Federal Government, SFG, under Yar’adua. Although he hails from Borno State, unlike others in his ilk who are from Katsina, his name suddenly cropped up from nowhere after years of hibernation, and he is now being touted as the next SFG of President Buhari. Surprisingly, nothing was heard about him, until few weeks back when his name crept back swiftly into the consciousness of unsuspecting Nigerians.