There was palpable panic in the Presidential Villa Wednesday as Buhari for the second time was absent from the Federal Executive Council FEC Meeting.
President Buhari was again missing at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) which took place at the presidential villa, Abuja on Wednesday, April 26.
In his absence, the meeting was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said Buhari did not attend the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council because he was still resting at home. The minister added that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo would be meeting the president at his official residence later in the day.
Lai Mohammed discloses that Buhari asked for all the files on his table be brought to him at his official residence at the presidential villa. President Muhammadu Buhari will henceforth stop going to the office and will be working from his official residence at the presidential villa.
The minister of information and culture disclosed this new arrangement to journalist at the end of the meeting.
Meanwhile, the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari as an elder statesman, who needs adequate rest and continuous medical attention. The PDP faction made this known while reacting to the expulsion of Olalekan Adetayo, state house correspondent of The Punch, from the presidential villa in Abuja.
Bashir Abubakar, chief security officer (CSO) to Buhari, had on Monday, April 24, ordered Adetayo out of the villa for writing stories said to be uncomplimentary of the Buhari administration.
Before the reporter was expelled, he was questioned by the CSO on two reports – titled “Seat of power’s event centres going into extinction” and “Fresh anxiety in Aso Rock over Buhari’s poor health” published on Saturday and Sunday respectively. But hours later, President Muhammadu Buhari recalled The Punch reporter.
However, PDP has said that the development shows there is no synergy between the offices in the villa. Spokesman of the Markafi group, Dayo Adeyeye, said any attempt to gag the media in whatever form, is an assault on the country’s democracy. He also noted that the PDP was aware of Buhari’s health challenges.