President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja directed all cabinet ministers to remain in office until May 28.

The president, who gave the directive during the valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, however, instructed them to hand over the mantle of leadership of their various ministries to their respective Permanent Secretaries on Tuesday.

He also enjoined them to submit their handing over letters to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation by May 28.

President Buhari explained that he retained the entire team of the cabinet for three and half years due to their unique leadership qualities.

The president thanked the ministers for agreeing to serve the nation during “these difficult times’’.

In his remarks, the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, thanked President Buhari for the great opportunity offered him to serve as his Vice-President and as his running mate twice.

 The Ministers seized the opportunity to express their gratitude to President Buhari for giving them the rear privilege to serve as members of the federal executive council.