A close confidant to and relation of President Buhari, Mamman Daura has caused a stir by claiming that the President’s late Chief of Staff was more intelligent than all the Ministers and Advisers in the current administration.
Daura made this comment in a tribute to late Abba Kyari and released to the media.
The elder statesman also revealed that Kyari almost became the Vice President of the country under the former President Olugesun Obasanjo in 1999.
“Despite holding firm views, his advice to the President was dispassionate, even-handed and did not hide unpleasant facts, in the best traditions of public service. In point of intellect, he stood above all Ministers and Special Advisers in this government.
” These times coincided with the country’s return to democracy and Malam Abba was among those enthusiastically espousing the cause of General Obasanjo. On his selection as PDP candidate, a group of women and youths in the PDP lobbied Obasanjo to pick Malam Abba as his Vice Presidential running mate. After heated debates, Obasanjo eventually picked Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,” Daura revealed.