President Muhammadu Buhari has canceled the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) scheduled to hold today (Wednesday, August 23, 2017).
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Mr. Femi Adesina disclosed this in a statement that the meeting would not hold.
No reason was given for the cancelation of the FEC meeting, which would have afforded the President opportunity of presiding over the meeting for the first time in 104 days he (Buhari) had been away for medicals in United Kingdom.
Buhari returned to Nigeria on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at about 1640.
Adesina however said that the cancelation of the FEC meeting would not affect the submission of report of the investigation committee into the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke.
The statement read:
“The meeting of the Federal Executive Council will not hold today.
“President Muhammadu Buhari, will however, receive the Report of the investigation committee into the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, at 12 noon, in his office.”
Buhari has been operating from an office in his residence since Monday while the Presidency claimed that his main office had been destroyed by rodents and needed to be renovated.
The President had on April 19 suspended Lawal and Oke and constituted a three-man committee led by Osinbajo to investigate them.
The panel investigated allegations of violations of law and due process made against Lawal in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East while it probed Oke on the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, for which NIA is laying claim.
Other members of the committee include: Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN); and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno.
It was billed to submit its report on May 8 but, the President left the country on May 7 for medical follow-up in London.