President Muhammadu Buhari’s regular Wednesday meeting with the Federal Executive Council (FEC) failed to hold yesterday.
Last week, Buhari also stayed away from the meeting, leaving Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to preside. It was also learnt that FEC was not listed as part of the president’s itinerary for this week.
Femi Adesina who is the Presidential Special Adviser on Media and Publicity said that the presidency did not plan to hold the meeting ab initio.
“It was not to hold in the first place. It was not cancelled. 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,” he said.
Garba Shehu who is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity said that the meeting was cancelled because the FEC secretariat staff had no opportunity to circulate relevant documents for the meeting because of the Easter holiday.
” The staff on the Council secretariat resumed on Tuesday after the Easter. There was no time to prepare and circulate memos to ministers. By practice, the ministers receive council memos two or three days ahead of meetings because they must read them and sometimes undertake research. It is not a rubber stamp council so everyone must prepare themselves well for debates.”
He also denied the cancellation has something to do with Buhari’s health condition, saying that it would be wrong to make such assumption “That will not be fair.” he added.
Based on reports there is no constitutional or standing rule that says FEC must be held every week.
When Buhari administration came on board it dropped the idea of having a weekly meeting with FEC, stated that the cabinet would meet when it becomes vitally necessary. Later it was reversed and went back to the status quo.