President Buhari is conspicuously absent at the emergency meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting he summoned yesterday. The meeting just came underway at the council chambers of the presidential villa, Abuja with Vice President Yemi Osinabjo presiding. No official reason yet as why the president is absent. His absence was apparently a surprise to the members of the FEC made up of the 36 ministers, the Vice President, the Secretary to the State Government, SGF. Time of the meeting was 11: am and the licensed members had arrived pretty early. Vanguard saw them exchanging pleasantries amongst themselves. But they were interrupted by a clap of hand, a sign to signal them of the president’s arrival to the meeting. But there was no sign of the president in the room. It was the SGF, Mr. David Babachir that verbally called the meeting to order while Vice President Osinabjo called for opening prayers. At this point, Journalists were excused from the meeting. It was not known whether the president would join the meeting later. Meanwhile, the purpose of the emergency meeting, Vanguard learnt, was apparently to review the 2016 budget estimates whose got to the presidency yesterday from the National Assembly. It will be recalled that the president had insisted on seeing the details of the budget before he could append his signature to sign the 2016 Appropriation Bill into law. While he submitted a total of N6.08 trillion as the budget estimates, the National Assembly pruned it down to N6.06 amid stories of all-time padding. It was yet unknown whether FEC would recommend the signing of the document into law after the meeting as the president is believed to be leaving for China next week, a trip that may keep him away from office for almost a week or even more.
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