Information and Culture minister Lai Muhammed said President Muhammed Buhari was absent at the Federal Executive Council meeting today because he chose to work from home.
Mohammed said this at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa Abuja.
President Buhari was absent at today’s meeting, the third time in a month.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed clarified that he did not mean that the President would work from home henceforth.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the Minister said the President only decided to work from home today, not that he has decided to work from home henceforth.
He said the headlines in a section of the media, ”Buhari to now work from home – Lai Mohammed,” is a misrepresentation of his statement at the briefing.
Quoting verbatim the relevant section of his briefing, Alhaji Mohammed said: ”He (the President) wanted to rest TODAY and he asked the VP to preside over TODAY’S meeting.
“In addition, he also asked that all his files be taken home to him and he will be working from home TODAY.”
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over today’s weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Aso Chambers, State House, Abuja.
Mohammed said that the President needed some rest and has asked that all the files on his table be brought to him at his official residence at the Presidential Villa, Abuja for treatment.
*The story was updated with the clarification by the minister.