Before commencement of the meeting proper, Alhassan had gone round the Council Chambers to exchange pleasantries with cabinet members.
According to Dailytrust, cabinet members could not help laughing when photographers and cameramen focussed on Alhassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba.
Alhassan later engaged in a two-minute tete-a-tete with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; while the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, looked on.
Buhari kick-started the FEC meeting with the openings prayers by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
Nigerians and feelers believed the President may reshuffle or sack the Minister for pledging allegiance to former vice President, Atiku Abubakar