3 Ministers ill, absent at FEC
By; Sunday Ode, Abuja.
The Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday started on a sad note with the disclosure that three Ministers in President Mohammadu Buhari’s cabinet are currently ill.
This disclosure came during the opening prayers at the commencement of the meeting offered by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal.
Mohammed who offered the Muslim prayer was the first to pray before the SGF took his turn. He asked Allah to give them wisdom to take good decisions.
The SGF in his prayer asked for quick recovery of three Ministers who were not in attendance at the cabinet meeting due to one illness or the other.
First, he committed President Muhammadu Buhari, who he said was on medical vacation in London, into the hands of God for quick recovery. Next, he mentioned The Women Affairs Minister, Aisha Alhassan, who he said was recuperating in America where she had asurgery.
He also mentioned the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, asking God to heal him of back pain he was having.
Just as he was about to close that chapter of the prayer, someone bent over and whispered to him, ostensibly reminding him to mention the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman who is also said to be ill and he did without diclosing the particular illness.
Attendace at the meeting which is right now in progress is comparatively poor as only 22 out of the 36 ministers were present at the commencement of business.