President Muhammadu Buhari has directed his cabinet members to remain in office until May 28.
Mr Buhari issued the directive on Wednesday at valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He, however, directed that the ministers should hand over leadership of their various ministries to the respective Permanent Secretaries on May 28.
Buhari also instructed the ministers to submit their hand-over letters to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) by May 28.
“Although today is our last council meeting, I expect all of you to continue working until Tuesday, May 28, when you will officially hand over your schedules to your respective Permanent Secretaries.
“Your handing over letters should be submitted to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,’’ he said.
The President said he retained the entire team of the cabinet for three and half years due to their unique leadership qualities.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo thanked Buhari for the great opportunity offered him to serve as his Vice-President and as his running mate twice.
“My deepest gratitude comes from the great trust that you reposed in me at all times,” he said.
“I will never forget when you were going on medical leave in May 2017 and you said to me in the course of conversation that evening that you will not fiddle my discretion as acting President in any way. And in keeping with your character and style, you kept your words.’’