President Goodluck Jonathan and the Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Dieziani Alison-Madueke, made a surprise appearance at today’s Federal Executive Council meeting.
Jonathan returned to Abuja on Tuesday night after hurriedly departing the capital of Botswana, Gaborone.
He returned 24 hours ahead of schedule from a visit to Malawi and Botswana, sparking off speculations that it may have been caused by concerns over the health condition of his wife, Patience.
His wife is currently hospitalised in Wiesbaden, Germany with an undisclosed ailment.
There has been controversy over the nature of her aliment.
Jonathan arrived the Council Chamber for the weekly FEC meeting at 10a.m to the surprise of members.
Another surprise was Diezani, who was reportedly hospitalised in a London hospital.
Many of her colleagues milled around her before the commencement of the meeting. Some were overheard saying they tried reaching her on the telephone unsuccessfully.
She did not attend the last FEC meeting.