It is not a crime to prefer one person to another. There are some glaring factors that are responsible for wanting to work with one person and not having passion to work with another person. However, some factors are unexplainable why an individual likes one person and does not feel comfortable with another person.
1. Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun state governor)
Governor Amosun is popularly called ‘SIA’ by the good people of Ogun state. SIA stands for Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
The former lawmaker has been a great fan of President Muhammadu Buhari while both of them were in the defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) in early 2000. Both men contested for governorship and presidential elections under the ANPP but lost to the Peoples Democratic party (PDP).
One of the ways the president demonstrated his overt love for the Ogun state governor was to pay Amosun a visit to Ogun a few months ago. President Buhari did not just visit the state as a stop-over; he spent at least two days there, while also commissioning various projects.
The chartered accountant turned politician governor went a step ahead of other governors by naming an estate which is about to be constructed ‘Muhammadu Buhari Estate.’
Moreso, while Nigeria’s number one citizen cancelled his state visit to Lagos for some reasons best known to the presidency, Buhari received Amosun as his guest the following day the president ought to have visited ‘The Centre of Excellence.’
It should be recalled that Amosun was with President Buhari during his visit to Makkah in Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj (Umrah) as well as the president’s one week visit to China for bilateral agreement.
In addition, the Ogun state governor is one of the few governors President Buhari has taken round his farm in Katsina.
2. Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina state governor)
Governor Masari was a former Speaker of the House of Representatives. The governor of Katsina stood by the president during Buhari’s disappointing outing at the 2011 presidential poll.
Both Buhari and Masari were presidential and governorship candidates under the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) respectively in 2011.
President Buhari loves the cool-headed Masari for his simplicity. The president never thought twice of any other candidate he could support than Masari when both men found themselves contesting under the All
Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015.
As Katsina is the home state of the president, Buhari will never joke with the person leading the state, especially when the president and such a person have the same political ideology and also are in the same political camp.
3. Kashim Shettima (Borno state governor)
Governor Shettima should be nicknamed ‘the governor with nine lives.’ The simple reason for this is because the governor has weathered the storm of Boko Haram insurgency for at least five years. His never-say-die attitude deserves applause by all and
During Buhari’s electioneering campaign, he stated that Borno is one of his topmost priorities. Indeed, the president has kept to his words by challenging the Nigerian troops to decimate insurgency in the state.
President Buhari has visited Borno many times and has assured the governor severally he will always stand by him in order to return the state to its glorious days before terrorism crippled all aspects of life there.
On workers’ welfare, the Borno state governor a few months ago said he does not owe civil servants. This is highly remarkable.