The weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC)
meeting started today on a sober note, as the
cabinet members who gathered took time to
pray for President Muhammadu Buhari, and three
other ministers who are under the weather.
The Secretary to the Government of the
Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, and the minister
for Information and Culture,
Alhaji Lai Mohammed were called upon to say
the opening prayer.
While Mohammed toed the conventional path in
his prayer pattern, Lawal disclosed that Buhari
and three of his ministers are currently
indisposed and urged members to pray for them.
Lawal then proceeded to name ministers and
asked God to heal them.
He started with the Minister of Women Affairs,
Mrs. Aisha Alhassan, who he said “is
recuperating in US after a surgery.”
He also prayed for the Minister of Education,
Adamu Adamu, who he said “is down with back
Shortly after he concluded his prayer, the SGF
was reminded that he did not mention the
Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril,
and he quickly added Jibril’s name to his list of
sick cabinet members.
He however did not disclose the nature of Jibril’s
The FEC meeting was presided over by Acting
President Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chamber
of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.