Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, is conspicuously absent at the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting held today.

The meeting, which was presided by his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, was started after the ministers waited for his arrival until State House Chief of Protocols suddenly stepped in at 11.00am and whispered to Osinbajo.

A security officer had also stood anxiously behind the president’s official seat in expectation of Buhari’s attendance.

The Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa are scanty as only about 20 ministers were seated as of the time journalists were leaving.

Osinbajo kick-started the meeting with a call for the recitation of the national anthem as well as prayers by the Ministers of Education and Health, Adamu Adamu and Isaac Adewole respectively.

Immediately the meeting commenced, ministers were sighted curiously whispering.

It can be recalled that President Buhari was also absent a forthnight ago. Also, last week, the council meeting couldn’t hold because of “the Easter break”, according to the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

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