It was a surprise package for members of the Federal Executive Council members, Wednesday morning, as President Muhammadu Buhari caught most of them, including the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, off gaurd.
The President was said to have arrived the Council Chambers for the council’s meeting about 9.50am for a meeting scheduled for 10 a.m.
Only a handful council members were said to be already in the hall for the meeting at the time Buhari arrived.
All members, for protocols, are supposed to be seated before the arrival at the President.
Immediately he stepped into the hall, the President noted the absence of most of the council members.
“I came too early,” he said as he asked members in attendance to recite the National Anthem.
As of the time the meeting started, only about 19 out of the 36 ministers were in attendance.
The Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita; and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, were also in attendance.
Before the meeting went into closed session, some members including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; and Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bukar Abba; arrived. They were however not late as they arrived at about 9.55am.
Many of them were seen checking their time and rushing into the chamber when they discovered that the meeting had started.
Some other ministers however arrived after the 10am scheduled take off time.