JUST IN: Alhassan Attends FEC Meeting With Buhari
The embattled Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, is currently attending Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She arrived the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa at 10:45 am.
Before President Muhammadu Buhari stepped in around 11am, Alhassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba had gone round the Council Chambers to exchange pleasantries with cabinet members.
Other ministers could not help laughing when photographers and cameramen focussed on Alhassan.
Alhassan later engaged in a two-minute tete-a-tete with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; while the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, looked on.
Buhari kick-started the FEC meeting with the openings prayers by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
Alhassan had in an interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC last week, disclosed her preference for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar against Buhari for the 2019 presidential contest.
“Atiku is my godfather even before I joined politics, and again Baba Buhari did not tell us that he is going to run in 2019. And let me tell you today that if Baba said he is going to contest in 2019, I swear to Allah, I'll go before him and kneel and tell him, ‘Baba, I'm grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve your government as a minister. But Baba, just like you know, I'll support only Atiku because he is my godfather," she had said.
The minister had also told State House reporters that she was not scared of losing her job, saying "God gives and God takes. That is all, and I have said it all in Hausa. You know that there is an end to everything."
In what they described as anti-party activities and "disloyalty, members of her party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) have called for her sack.