It was earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari was expected to preside over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting slated to hold today, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 11:00 am inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
But contrary to expectations, the president again, failed to show up at the meeting. Even though reports by Daily Post claimed his itinerary for the week shows he will be available for the meeting, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is presently taking charge of the meeting.
A report quoted a source as saying:
“All is now set for Mr. President to preside over tomorrow’s (today’s) meeting of the Federal Executive Council. I can confirm to you very strongly that Mr President will be at the Council Chambers for FEC meeting tomorrow (today).”
However, the presidency confirmed otherwise in a tweet which said:
“The Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting has started. Vice President @ProfOsinbajo is presiding.”
President Buhari’s personal assistant on new media Bashir Ahmad shared a video of the meeting on his official Twitter handle.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) May 3, 2017
The meeting is still ongoing as at the time of this report, and it is possible that the president could still join in.
Today’s meeting started at exactly 11 a.m. The national anthem was followed by prayers from two ministers: FCT, Mohammed Bello, and Budget and Planning, Udo Udoma.
Should the president not attend Wednesday’s meeting, it will be the fourth consecutive FEC meeting he would be absent from, amidst speculation about the state of his health.
FEC, which is made up of the president, vice-president and all Ministers, is the highest decision making organ of the government.
Meanwhile, after weeks of being away from his office, Buhari finally resumed at his desk on Tuesday, May 2, and took briefs from Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), and Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).