The new Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari on Wednesday, May 13, attended the Federal Executive Council, FEC presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
This is the first time the newly-appointed COS will be in attendance during an FEC meeting.
The former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to United Nations between 1990 to 1999 took over from late Mallam Abba Kyari; who died last month as a result of complications from Coronavirus pandemic infection.
The opening Christian prayer at the FEC was said by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; while the Muslim prayer was said by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono.
Meanwhile, Gambari earlier before the commencement of the FEC was received on arrival at the Presidential Villa by Senior Presidency officials; including the Director of Protocol; Alhaji Yakubu Ahmed, and the Permanent Secretary State House, Mallam Tijani Umar.
Others include the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs, Office of the Vice President, Amb. Abdullahi Gwari as well as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garuba Shehu who all ushered him into the Aso Chambers of the State House, Abuja.
The virtual meeting, first of its kind in the history of the Federal Executive Council, involved the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and some of the cabinet ministers participating in the virtual meeting.
It was also reported that some of the cabinet members including the Head of Service; Folashade Yemi-Esan, participated in the meeting directly from their respective offices.
The meeting which started at 11.22 am, occasioned by the prevailing coronavirus pandemic in the country; was conducted in line with the basic COVID-19 protocol of social distancing.