by Paul Osas
Vice President, Namadi Sambo on Wednesday described President Goodluck Jonathan as a divine gift to the country while marking the 56th birthday of the president at the commencement of the Federal Executive Council weekly meeting.
Ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council signed a ‘presidential’ size birthday card and presented it to Sambo for onward delivery to the President as the president is away to preside over a three-day meeting of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investors’ Council.
The FEC meeting was poorly attended as only 15 ministers were present.
Sambo who led the FEC meeting, in his brief remarks said the president’s destiny has rubbed-off on them and it is a blessing they can’t possibly repay. He prayed that Jonathan’s vision of transformation will come to fruition.
“There is no doubt the great destiny of this man has helped our individual destinies. What can we give him in return. We thank God for his life and also commend him for His guidance protection and the fear of God. We continue to pray that Mr. President succeeds with his primary course of transforming our dear country,” he said.
Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, and the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, took turns to pray for the President after which council members sang a birthday song.
Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, was also present in that meeting and the lady continues to exhibit the body language of the guilty even though President Jonathan seems intent on letting her remain in his cabinet. Just like last week, Oduah sneaked away from the waiting questions of the media after the FEC meeting as Nigerians continue to demand for her sack following the N255m bullet proof car scandal.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim, had to sneak Oduah, out of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday to avoid a barrage of questions from journalists.
Before the meeting started, she remained glued to her seat inside the Council Chambers venue as a few of her colleagues exchanged pleasantries with her in apparent show of solidarity.
Immediately after the meeting, she quickly joined the SGF just as she did when the last meeting of the council was held two weeks ago.
As journalists ran after her, seeking her reaction to the industrial action embarked upon by private jet owners over new aviation charges, the embattled minister shouted “no comment” as she quickly jumped into the back seat of Anyim’s waiting sport utility vehicle.
Before the vehicle took off with both government officials at the back seat, Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, also joined them and displaced Anyim’s security detail on the front seat.