Most powerful people in Buhari’s administration – Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as the country’s 4th democratic president on May 29, 2015 after beating Goodluck Jonathan in an intense and heated presidential election. Behind the facade of his tough man some politicians who the president respects. These persons influence the policy direction of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
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Naij.com takes a look at 9 of those eminent personalities and why the president will listen to them:
9. Nasir el-Rufai
The Kaduna state governor though not directly in the president’s cabinet, has the president’s ears in all important political matters. It is even rumoured that he was the one that vetted the ministerial list before it was sent to the senate.
By extension el-Rufau has considerable influence on Buhari which is not in doubt. He is one of the most regular state governors at the Presidential Villa. Sources within the Villa say that the governor doesn’t book his visits in advance. Protocols are simply waived for him. Owing to his closeness to the President, El-Rufai has been very influential in some of the major appointments so far made by the present administration.
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