Buhari Presides Over FEC Meeting, Gets Standing Ovation

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…Announces Cash Award to D’Tigress Over Victory

By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held in the council chambers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

This is the first time Buhari is presiding over FEC meeting since returning from medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

Buhari traveled for medical treatment in 7th May and returned to Nigeria on 19th August and has since been working from his official residence in the Presidential Villa.

President Buhari cancelled FEC meeting last week to receive the report of the Prof. Yemi Osinbajo-led presidential investigative panel on alleged corruption cases against the suspended secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke.

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The cancellation of the FEC meeting last week sparked speculations that the President was not fit enough to attend the meeting.

But in a swift reaction, the Presidency refuted the claims over the health of President Buhari, adding that it is not constitutionally bound that FEC meeting must hold every week.

However, as the President stepped into the council chambers, venue of the meeting, the members clapped in excitement after which he invited the minister of communication, Mr. Shittu Adebayo and the minister of Labour and employment, Dr. Chris Ngige to say the opening prayers.

Before the Council meeting, President Buhari received the victorious female Nigerian Basketball national team, D’Tigress who won the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket tournament in Mali.

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President Buhari in his remarks announced a cash award of N1million for each of the players and N500,000 for each of the official handlers.

 

 

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