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Federal Executive Council Meeting Fails To Hold
The usual weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting did not hold on Wednesday.
Reports say no reason was given for the failure of the meeting to hold.
Recall that last week’s FEC meeting was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, instead of President Muhammadu Buhari, fuelling speculations that the President was ill.
But Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had told state house correspondents that the President was “hale and hearty” but decided not to attend the meeting because “the agenda of the day was light” and he felt the Vice President could handle it.
Presidency sources told reporters on Wednesday that the meeting was not even listed on the President’s schedule for the week.
The FEC is made up of the Vice-President, all ministers and some top presidential aides, and is chaired by the President.
Members meet weekly inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, and major executive decisions and policies are usually adopted during FEC meetings.
Insiders said the meeting was not slated on the President’s schedule for the week at all.
This was corroborated by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who told reporters that the meeting was not scheduled to hold this week, therefore it cannot be said to have been cancelled.
“It (FEC Meeting) was not to hold in the first place. It was not cancelled,” Adesina said.
“You cancel something that you have planned to hold. There was holiday on Friday, there was holiday on Monday, so it was not planned to hold.
“There is no law that says that FEC must hold every week.”
Also, another presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, admitted that the Easter holidays was a possible reason why FEC meeting could not hold.
Shehu waved off suggestions that the meeting was called off perhaps because of the President’s health status, saying “that will not be fair.”