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President Buhari's absence in office raises concerns

Posted: 14 April, 2017 at 01:53 pm
President Buharis absence in office raises concerns
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President Muhammadu Buhari has stayed away from his office for the second time in a row since Thursday, April 13.

The president was absent at the weekly Wednesday edition of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. His Vice Osinbajo functioned in his place.

This is the first time Buhari would be absent from the FEC meeting since March 10 when he returned from London where he spent weeks on medical vacation.

The reasons for the president's absence has largely remained unknown as there was no official position on that.

Minister of information, Lai Mohammed after the meeting stated that the president was not ill.

He said: “Clearly when we came in this morning, Mr President was not in the chambers but the Vice President did preside over the council meeting. Understandably, that has sparked a lot of controversies and imputations in the mind 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 decided that the Vice President should preside.

“It's not unusual for the kind of interest that is shown especially given the fact that Mr president was away for a while on medical treatment and is not. We are not surprised that people will be wondering is he ill again? “He is not ill, he is not sick. I am sure that later in the day or tomorrow morning, he will be back in the office. I just want to clear that misconception.

“It is not unusual even if Mr president is hale and hearty and everything is going on well, for the VP to come and preside over meetings of the federal executive council.

“The fact that Mr President is not in the office does not mean that he is not working. I have just been told now that the secretary to the government is already with him in the residence working.

So, the fact that you did not see him in the office does not mean that he is not working at all.”

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