Ibrahim Gambari, the new Chief of Staff to the President, will not solve the cabal problem lurking in the Buhari led administration, rather he will join the cabal “sooner or later”.
This was the dissenting statement made by Jideofor Adibe, a professor of political science and columnist.
Adibe, who spoke on Channels Television’s Politics Today, on Wednesday, said that a government’s democratic system will never obviate the competitive need to “exercise disproportionate influence”, so Nigerians should not keep their hopes up regarding Gambari.
“Professor Gambari is not going to solve the problem of cabals in government. In political science we have what we call the ‘iron law of oligarchy’, that any organisation no matter how democratic they may have started, because authorities would have to be delegated, there would be competition in various centres of power to capture access or to exercise disproportionate influence.”
“So a small clique will always become triumphant, which means that anytime you talk about government, you talk about struggle for state capture, you talk about cabal.
“Everyone will be cabal, sooner or later he will become part of the cabal that he would be able to exercise disproportionate influence.”
“The president has a team of economic advisers, he has a minister of finance, he has a task force on COVID-19 and others. His job, as far as I can make it, is to advise.”
“He looks at some of the positions that are being presented to the president and streamline them – narrow down the options. Sometimes, he doesn’t do this alone, he has his own staff, his own consultants to look at some of the proposals that are being sent to the president.”
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