Dambazau Absent As President Buhari Presides Over FEC Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday presided over the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in the Presidential Villa.

The meeting, which was shifted from Wednesday, started at about 11 a.m.

It is being attended by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Habiba Lawal, and cabinet ministers.

It was gathered that the 2018 budget was one of the agendas deliberated upon at the meeting.

Meanwhile, Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), was conspicuously absent from the meeting.

Dambazau was one of the cabinet members linked to the recall and posting of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, were, however, present.

Malami, who arrived the Council chamber around 10:53 a.m., had discussions with the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, and Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, before the rendition of the National Anthem.

Oyo-Ita arrived the Council chamber around 10:54 a.m.

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