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INFORMATION, Culture & Tourism Lai Mohammed has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari did not chair the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting yesterday.

He needed rest and attended to government businesses from home, the minister said, adding that he mandated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to chair the meeting that lasted for about two hours.

The President was not at the FEC meeting a fortnight ago. That of last week was cancelled due to what the Presidency called the inability to circulate invitation to cabinet members as a result of the Easter holiday.

At the end of the meeting, Mohammed told State House reporters that the President needed to rest and had directed his vice to stand in for him.

Stressing that Buhari would operate from home yesterday, the minister said that all pending files requiring his attention had been to his official residence on the President’s directive.

He said: “We just concluded the FEC meeting, I’m sure you noticed that the President was not there. He was not there because he asked that he be allowed to rest and asked the VP to preside.

“And he will be working from home. He has asked all his files to be taken to him in the house. He will be working from home today.”

Prof Osinbajo was scheduled to meet with the President at home for consultation after the close of work yesterday.