…Passes vote of confidence on Gbajabiamila
President Bola Tinubu Monday warned government officials and others who are not members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to desist from attending the meetings.
The President said this in a brief remarks before the commencement of the FEC meeting he chaired at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
“Last week, I noticed people sneaking in and out of this council. People had access to this place when they should not. That is not acceptable.
“I will announce to you here, people who are supposed to be here. Hadiza Usman, Special Adviser on Policy Coordination, Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, Principal Private Secretary and Damilotun Aderemi, Private Secretary.
“These are the people who are granted the exception to be here when we are conducting the business of the nation. Unless I sent for you, don’t come,” he said.
The President directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr George Akume and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan to ensure that his directive is strictly adhered to.
“Unless they are your staff that are included, no one should have access to the FEC meeting, except I have announced their names to you. Let me also say that the planning of an event about the government must be well articulated and followed accurately,” he said.
The President also expressed concern over the plethora of negative stories about his Chief of Staff Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, saying they were designed to tarnish his reputation.
The President said he has absolute confidence in the integrity of the Chief of Staff.
“There are a lot of stories going around about what is happening. I’ve told everyone in this country that I can make mistakes.
“I have had to hear them out and correct them. Perfection is that of God Almighty. I have absolute confidence in the integrity of my Chief of Staff. All the campaign of calumny and insinuation should stop,” he said.