Aside President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in London for 10 days to see Ear, Nose and Throat specialists, three ministers are also reportedly down with illness.
This was disclosed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachi David Lawal, during prayer session, shortly before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Buhari is said to be suffering from Meunière disease, a disorder of the inner ear that usually affects both hearing and balance.
Osinbajo is acting president, following Buhari’s formal notification of the National Assembly.
Osinbajo had on entering the Council Chambers, of the State House, Abuja, venue of the meeting, asked the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to offer the Muslim opening prayer and Lawal to offer the Christian prayer.
But while Mohammed prayed for God to give the FEC members wisdom to take good decisions, Lawal was very specific in his prayers revealing that three ministers were down with sickness.
The SGF first prayed for Buhari, whom he said was on medical vacation in London.
He then prayed for the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, whom he said was recovering from surgery.
She is said to be in the United States after undergoing orthopaedic treatment. Alhassan is also known as Mama Taraba following her participation in the last gubernatorial elections in Taraba State.
He also prayed for the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who he disclosed was recuperating from back pain.
Just before he sat down, one of his colleagues reminded him that he left out the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril.
Lawal then said: “Yes let’s pray for him too.”
Only 22 ministers out of the 36 ministers were present when the meeting started by 12.06 p.m.
Buhari left Abuja for London on Monday after the presidency confirmed that he had been battling with persistent ear infection.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, had issued a statement saying: “President Buhari will take 10 days off and travel to London from Monday June 6th, to rest.
“During the holiday, the President will see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for a persistent ear infection.
“The President was examined by his Personal Physician and an E.N.T Specialist in Abuja and was treated.