Doyin Okupe, an ex-aide to former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, has narrated how aides, household, safety particulars, pals and even allies, affect Presidents’ choice, motion or inaction on the Presidential Villa.
Okupe gave the narrative whereas hinting at what might have prevented President Muhammadu Buhari from honouring the invitation by the Home of Representatives.
Recall that the Home of Representatives had on December 1, invited Buhari to deal with them over the problem of safety challenges bedevilling the nation.
Reacting, Buhari’s aide, Lauretta Onochie had confirmed that Buhari would addressed a joint session of the Nationwide Meeting on Thursday (yesterday)
However, the Lawyer Normal of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami had faulted the invitation, saying the lawmakers had no powers to ask Buhari.
Nevertheless, Buhari didn’t present up when the Home of Representatives commenced plenary, on Thursday.
However Okupe, who served as a presidential spokesperson beneath the administrations of Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, mentioned the Presidents of Nigeria and plenty of different Presidents within the World are topic of very extreme and intense manipulation.
He mentioned that this impacts even these Presidents who appeared very sturdy willed.
In a Fb submit on Thursday, Okupe mentioned the “Strongest among the many manipulators are the first girls, prime aides, favoured ministers, senior authorities officers, outdated pals and faculty mates, conventional and spiritual leaders and even concubines!”
He defined that in case of a presidential motion, the top of the safety equipment is extra influential.
In response to the previous presidential aide, safety chief can cease a president from attending a operate “based mostly purely on his personal private curiosity or program or disposition.
“Equally necessary are the ADCs and CSOs who typically instances decide entry to the Presidents,” he famous.
“More often than not, the President is a powerless hostage cordoned off within the Presidential villa typically instances doing the bidding of his subordinates! That is incongruous however very true.”
Okupe additional identified that the President can be extremely influenced by not too seen set of individuals, being those that parley with him when he indulges in his previous instances.