In a stunning display of authority, President Bola Tinubu issued a chilling warning to government officials and even family members against daring to attend the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting without a formal invitation.
The electrifying scene unfolded at the Presidential Villa in Abuja just moments before the FEC meeting kicked off. President Tinubu, with an air of unyielding resolve, declared, “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.”
The president then dramatically listed the select few granted special access to this hallowed gathering of the nation’s decision-makers. With an ironclad tone, he thundered, “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.”
President Tinubu, unwavering in his resolve, instructed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), Folashade Yemi-Esan, to take careful note of his resounding directive. He emphasized that without his prior announcement, no one should even dream of accessing the hallowed FEC meeting.
The electrifying revelation continued as the president laid down the law, declaring, “Let me also say that the planning of an event about the government must be well articulated and followed accurately.”
Amidst the fervor, President Tinubu did express his unwavering confidence in the integrity of his Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, attempting to quell the rumors and speculations swirling about.
“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.”
This bold and unexpected move by President Tinubu has sent shockwaves through the political landscape, setting a new precedent for access to the highest levels of government power.