President Bola Tinubu has prohibited his son Seyi from attending the Federal Executive Council’s weekly meetings, citing him as having “undue access” to the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The FEC is the highest decision-making body in the government, and it is chaired by the President.
Its members include the Vice President, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, all of the ministers, the Federation’s Head of Civil Service, and a few of the president’s senior advisers.
At the opening of the last meeting of the council on Monday, however, Tinubu noted that some persons who have no reasons to be at the meetings have been attending.
In a video that has gone viral, the President mentioned his son who he said he saw in a picture sitting behind a cubicle during a meeting of the council.
Tinubu condemned the action which he said was not acceptable.
“Last week I noticed the undue access of people sneaking in and out of this council, including my son, Seyi, sitting behind the cubicle there. That is not acceptable,” the President declared.
He, however, listed the names of those that are permitted in the meeting.
“I will announce to you those who are supposed to be here with my consent. Hadiza Usman, the Special Adviser on Policy Coordination, Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the Principal Private Secretary and Damilotun Aderemi, the Private Secretary,” he announced.
In addition, Tinubu told Folashade Yemi-Esan, the head of the Federation’s civil service, and George Akume, the secretary to the government, to take note of his instruction.
He emphasised once more that nobody should be allowed entry to the FEC meeting without authorization.