Buhari cancels FEC, to receive report on SGF, DG today
President Muhammadu Buhari will finally receive the report of the panel set up to investigate the suspended Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director General, Nigeria Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke on allegations of financial infractions.
This was announced in a statement by Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina who also said the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting has been put off for today. The President was initially scheduled to preside over the cabinet meeting today. However, no reason was given except that the President will be receiving the panel’s report at 12noon.
There have also been speculations of a possible cabinet reshuffle on the return of the President but it is yet to be clear if the cancellation has anything to do with it.
President Buhari returned to the country on Saturday after convalescing in London where he spent 104 days. Since his return the President has worked from his home office as officials say his official is being renovated and tidied up considering his prolonged absence.
“The meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will not hold today.
President Muhammadu Buhari, will however, receive the Report of the investigation committee into the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, at 12 noon, in his office” the terse statement said .
The three man committee chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo had completed its task and were to submit the report a day after the President embarked on a medical vacation in London, United Kingdom.
Both Lawal and Ayo were grilled by members of the committee for over two weeks along with others in the course of its investigations but was unable to submit its findings to the president before he travelled.
While the suspended SGF, Lawal was investigated for allegedly awarding contracts without due process under the Presidential Initiative on the North East initiative, Oke had been temporarily relieved of his job over circumstances surrounding the discovery of over N13 billion naira equivalent in foreign currency in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
Other members of the committee are, Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno.