President Bola Tinubu on Monday ordered the State House security office to block his son and other errant persons from interrupting an active meeting of the federal executive council.
The president said he observed Seyi and other unauthorised persons breezing in and out of the federal cabinet caucus convened every week to discuss the most crucial issues of national importance, cautioning specifically that such activities must seize forthwith.
“Last week, I noticed the undue access of people sneaking in and out of this council,” Mr Tinubu said as the executive council was called to order on Monday. “I saw the photograph of my son, Seyi, sitting behind the cubicle there. That is not acceptable.”
Subsequently, the president listed aides that should be allowed to take part in the meeting going forward. Those Mr Tinubu mentioned were Hadiza Usman, adviser on policy; Bayo Onanuga, information advisers; Hakeem Muri-Okunola, principal secretary; and Damilotun Aderemi, private secretary. a
“Those are people who are granted exception to be here when we’re conducting the business of the nation. Unless I sent for you, don’t come,” the president said.
The president asked the cabinet secretary George Akume to take note of the instruction.
“Unless your staff that are included, no one is privileged to have access sitting in this (Council Chambers), except those four that I’ve announced to you”, the president said.
The warning could severely undermine the overbearing influence and the illusion of access that Seyi Tinubu has been selling to the public since he followed his father to Abuja, even though he was never appointed to any position in the administration. Prior to his father’s inauguration as president on May 29, Seyi was an advertising executive in Lagos.
But he has been seen riding the president’s private jet and receiving credits for influencing government policies. Earlier this month, he was seen flying a presidential jet to Kano, a move that embarrassed both the president and other officials in the State House. He did not immediately return a request seeking comments from The Gazette about his father’s action.
Those statutorily allowed into the federal executive council meeting include the vice-president, all ministers, the cabinet secretary, the head of service, the national security adviser and the president’s special adviser on media.
Source: Peoples Gazette