Despite ambivalence on his stewardship unlike his predicessor, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is the country’s first electoral umpire to serve two terms as Buhari swears him in in ongoing federal executive council meeting in Abuja.
Buhari reappointed Yakubu as Chairman of INEC for another five-year term on October 27th.
At the ongoing FEC meeting, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (retd), are physically present.
Eleven ministers are physically attending the meeting. They are Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Works and Housing, Babtunde Fashola, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk, and Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello.
Others are Ministers of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, Mines and Steel Development, Uche Ogah and Abubakar Aliyu.
The Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan and other ministers are participating in the weekly council meeting from their various offices in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari, as at the time of filing this report is presiding over the 27th virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja.
Before the commencement of the meeting, a minute silence was observed for military officer, late Gen. Domkat Bali, who served the country as Minister of Defence.