Here’s why FEC meeting was cancelled

The presidency has explained why today's FEC meeting was cancelled.

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over FEC meeting in Abuja on January 6, 2015

Speaking at Presidential villa, Garba Shehu, the special assistant to the president on media and publicity said the council had no adequate time to prepare and circulate memos to ministers.

“The staff on the Council secretariat resumed on Tuesday after the Easter,” he said.

“There was no time to prepare and circulate memos to ministers. "By practice, the ministers receive council memos two or three days ahead of meetings because they must read them and sometimes undertake research. "It is not a rubber stamp council so everyone must prepare themselves well for debates," Buhari’s aide added.

Today’s cancellation follows Buhari’s absence from last week’s meeting which led to concerns that he had fallen ill again.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed however dismissed the concerns saying that the president had other matters to attend to and as such instructed Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to preside over the meeting.

“Mr President is not ill again. Mr. President is in town; Mr. President is attending to other issues. He looked at the agenda for the meeting and decided that the vice president should preside. It is not unusual for the vice president to preside over FEC meetings," Mohammed said.

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