By Idris Akinbajo

“It is a mess out there; a disgrace, I tell you,” a national security aide told NEXT, referring to the challenges that the new National Security Adviser, Aliyu Gusau, is facing in the Presidency, following his appointment last week .

There is a consensus that the main challenge the Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan, has at the moment is to re-order the presidency, amid suspicions of disloyalty and sabotage, so that it works for him, and ultimately for Nigerians.

To do this, the president has taken new steps. The first was the inauguration of the presidential advisory council; then there was his request for five new advisers, and the appointment of Mr. Gusau.

But it is Mr. Gusau’s appointment that is expected to radically change the political equation. His first job, according to Presidency sources, is to “dislodge the Yar’Adua cabal”.

It might seem like a re-alignment of the old guard, but pundits and others in the political community agree that, with the Presidential Advisory Committee and a new security chief, Mr. Jonathan can at last begin to breathe.

Read more of this and other stories in today’s NEXTonSunday.

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