Why Buhari “boycotted” emergency FEC meeting

By Amako Nneji April 8, 2016 15:25

Why Buhari “boycotted” emergency FEC meeting

The Presidency has on Friday, April 8, explained why cabinet members held an emergency Federal Executive Council, FEC, Meeting at the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking with State House correspondents, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said the emergency meeting was in connection with the 2016 budget.

Buhari had last week insisted that the 2016 budget details will be scrutinized before he assents to it.

The Presidency got the details of the budget on Thursday, April 7.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo chaired the emergency meeting at the absence of Buhari.

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While speaking, the Information Minister said: “We have received the details of the 2016 budget from the National Assembly and an extra-ordinary Federal Executive Council meeting was called this morning to avail every minister to look at the details of the budget and see how it affects each of the ministries.

“And also at this point, it is still work in progress, we have broken up to resume later in the afternoon.’’

The meeting had started as at 11am and no official reason was given as to why the President was not at the meeting when state house correspondents filed out of the Council Chambers for the closed door session.

When Post-Nigeria contacted the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, to explain why Buhari ‘boycotted’ the meeting, he simply said, “There is nothing wrong with the vice president chairing the FEC meeting.”

The absence of the President came as a surprise to members of the council made up of the 36 Ministers, the Vice President, and the Secretary to the State Government, SGF.

The SGF, David Babachir, verbally called the meeting to order while the Vice President called for the opening prayer.

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