President Muhammadu Buhari was nowhere to be seen at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting scheduled for today (Monday) which was abruptly cancelled and postponed last Friday.
The cancelled FEC already had all the ministers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, before the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the meeting has been postponed.
Mohammed, who spoke to the State House Correspondent shortly after the ministers got the hint of the shift, said the FEC meeting was postponed till next week Monday because there were some fallouts from the presentations made by the key ministers during the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting held on Thursday which might distort the entire budget proposal if not resolved.
His words: “The meeting was not cancelled. It was postponed till Monday afternoon. The reason is that you know there was a meeting of the National Economic Council yesterday. At that meeting, many of the key cabinet members made presentations.
“There were some fallouts from those presentations that will necessitate going back to the original document that should have been discussed today. So we were given time between now and Monday to go and rejig our figures because when the NEC met, certain issues were thrown up that if they were not resolved, would distort the entire budget proposal. So we will all go back, each ministry will do its rejiging.”
However, presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a statement earlier in the day said Buhari received Michael Fallon, British secretary of state for defence, who visited him at the Villa.
As at the time of going to press, no official word yet from the government on why the president was absent at the FEC meeting.