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Buhari, Atiku Prays In Aso Rock

Posted: Nov 7, 2015 at 8:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was at the Presidential Villa, Abuja Mosque on Friday to observe Juma’at prayers with President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was the former All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant’s first open visit to the presidential complex since the inauguration of President Buhari last May.

Atiku went straight to the mosque near the president’s office upon arrival at Aso Rock and later observed his prayers together with Buhari inside the mosque.

He exchanged pleasantries with other worshippers in and outside the mosque before leaving the premises soon after.

Meanwhile, the president has notified incoming ministers that they would not be permitted to drive in long convoy of vehicles.

This indication was given on Friday at the end of the two-day retreat for the ministers-designate by former Anambra State governor, Senator Chris Ngige, while fielding questions from State House correspondents.

The new ministers are also to reduce the number of personal aides when they assume office.

This is in line with the president’s stated intention to run a lean government due to the poor condition of the nation’s economy.

Ngige said the new ministers were therefore not expected to enjoy luxury in office.

He said: “Yes, (it will be) a lean economy because we are going to block areas of leakages.

“Retinue of aides, protocol staff, long convoys of cars are things that will not fly in this administration.”

He also spoke on how ministers without portfolios would function in the new cabinet, saying  “if you have portfolio or if you don’t have portfolio, it is one single Federal Executive Council.

“You bring whatever it is on the table. That is not a problem at all. We have a right to discuss things around the ministries because it is one single cabinet.

“The important thing is that we want to move our people from where they are now, there is abject poverty which concerns about 75 percent of the populace.

“So, we need to actually restructure the political and social moment of the country and that is what we are going to do. That means poverty will reduce.”