Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday while President Muhammadu Buhari is on a four-day medical trip to the United Kingdom.
The meeting held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, and the National Security Adviser (NSA) to the President, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), were among those who attended the meeting.
Also present are the ministers of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun; interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd); budget and national planning, Senator Udo Udoma; and foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled the weekly Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting.
The President will instead meet with Service Chiefs at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
In an attendance at the meeting are Minister of Defence, Brig Gen Mansur Dan-Ali, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Cheif of Defence Staff, Gen Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe, Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the presidential villa, State House, Abuja.
The FEC meeting was held in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in Paris, France for the one Planet Summit.
The meeting had in attendance the, Secretary General of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari and Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita among others
The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winnifred Oyo-Ita has embraced publicly at the commencement of the meeting of Federal Executive Council at the State House in Abuja.
This is coming after the two top government officials were engaged in an altercation at the same venue last week.
The Federal Government has cancelled the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for this week.
Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, said in a statement on Tuesday that the decision was taken due to inadequate time to prepare the documents for the meeting.
“The two-day public holidays declared for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations left little or no time to prepare for the weekly meeting,” the statement issued in Kano by the minister’s media aide, Segun Adeyemi, read in part.
This is the second time the FEC meeting will be cancelled since President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria after spending more than three months in London on a medical vacation.
The Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina, has defended the President’s decision to cancel the Federal Executive Council Meeting on Wednesday.
A statement by Mr Adesina in the morning announced the decision but gave no reason for the cancellation of the meeting which would have been the first attended by the President after his return from a more-than-100 days medical vacation.
Asked about the decision in a telephone interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, the presidential spokesman said there was nothing to it and that concerns about its implications were uncalled for.
“There is no law that says the Federal Executive Council meeting should hold every week. There is no law that says it must be weekly. Under a past administration, it used to hold once every two weeks,” he said.
“So, there is no law that says it should hold every Wednesday. It depends on what you have on the agenda to discuss. The President is the Chairman of that meeting. So, he has the discretion to hold or not to hold (the meeting).”
President Buhari’s decision to cancel the meeting had led to more questions about his fitness to resume work and carry out his duties effectively.
On Tuesday, news that he would be working from home because rodents had damaged items in his office and that it was under renovation caused a stir and went viral on the social media.
But Mr Adesina dismissed the concerns, saying that the President is strong enough to perform his duties and that the office in his home and the one in his office complex were only a short distance apart in any case.
“The fact that FEC does not hold in one week does not mean anything significant because the President has the discretion to hold or not to hold FEC (meetings),” he said.
Asked if the cancellation of Wednesday’s meeting meant that FEC would no longer be meeting weekly, he said it wasn’t the case, before going on to say that the meeting had not held every week over time in the first case.
“That is not correct. It did not hold every week; when this administration began, it did not hold every week. And right from then, it had been understood that the FEC would hold as often as there are things to discuss,” Mr Adesina said.
Had today’s FEC meeting held and the President attended, it would have been the first he would be presiding over in more than three months.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who was the Acting President while he was away presided over the weekly meeting in his absence.
Professor Osinbajo also presided over the FEC meetings that the President missed before travelling to London.
The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo presided over the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday at the Council Chamber in Abuja.
The meeting was attended by the National Security Adviser to the President, retired Major General Babagana Monguno, as well as the Minister of Defence, retired Brigadier General Mansur Dan Ali, among other ministers.
Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the Federal Executive Council meeting.
The meeting took place at the Council Chamber, State House in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
It was attended by the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and the National Security Adviser, Retired Major-General Babagana Mongonu.
The meeting also had in attendance the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu; and the Minister of Communication, Mr Adebayo Shittu among others.