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“He is not ill” – Lai Mohammed Explains why President Buhari was Absent at FEC Meeting



The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said President Muhammadu Buhari deliberately assigned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to preside over Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council so as to attend to other official matters.

The minister’s clarification came on the heels of speculations on the President’s health condition as being reported in the social media and some traditional media organisations

The minister, who was addressing State House correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting, said the president’s absence at the meeting was not something abnormal or unusual.

“When you came in this morning Mr President was not in the chamber and the Vice-President did preside over the FEC meeting.

Understandably, that has sparked a lot of controversies and agitations in the minds of people.

I just want to make this clear; Mr President is in town; Mr President is attending to other issues; Mr President looked at the agenda, it was a very light agenda, and said that the Vice-President should preside.

It is not unusual for the kind of interest that had been shown, especially giving the fact that Mr President was away for a while on medical treatment.

We are not surprised that the people are wondering whether Mr President ill again; he is not ill; he is not sick and I’m sure that later in the day or tomorrow morning, he will back in the office.

It is not unusual even if the President is hale and hearty and everything is going well, for the VP to come and preside over the meeting of the Federal Executive Council,’’ he said.

Mohammed announced that already, the president was meeting with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, on national issues.

On the forthcoming two-year anniversary of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government, the minister disclosed that his ministry will soon roll out a comprehensive programme meant to inform Nigerians of the achievements of the government so far.

He said that under the programme, all cabinet ministers would address Nigerians on the achievements of their respective ministries in the last two years.


  1. Sasha

    April 12, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Kontinu……….in patience Jonathan’s voice.

  2. FasholasLover

    April 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Naah, top management do not delegate any important meeting (when in town) except, a more important issue crops up. So, what is this VVimportant issue that kept the President away from presiding over the FEC? LiaR Mohammed never dissappoint.

  3. Amaka

    April 12, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    I am beginning to think many government officials are afraid of Buhari.

  4. kenz

    April 13, 2017 at 7:41 am

    coming from the lips of Lie or sorry lai mohammed then its a LIE

  5. Sean

    April 13, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Lie Mohammed

  6. Lois

    April 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm


  7. Nigerian

    April 13, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Buhari and Trump’s people are the same, always defending and explaining issues that surround their bosses or fixing their misyarn. Biko work no dey?

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