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Buhari, Obasanjo, Jonathan, others attend Council of State meeting

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—IBB, Gowon absent
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

ABUJA – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting behind closed doors with members of the National Council of State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting started at 11.a.m prompt at the Council Chamber.

President Muhammadu Buhari (l) exchanging pleasantries with former President Olusegun Obasanjo while the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki (m) look on shortly before the opening of the National Council of State meeting at the Aso Chambers, State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 22/01/2019

The Council of State is comprised of past presidents and heads of state, Chief Justices of Nigeria (CJN), leadership of the National Assembly, state governors among others.

Presently at the meeting are former Presidents, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, former Head of Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan and former military President, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.

Others at the meeting are the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and former CJN Mohammed Uwais.

Also present are the State governors from Osun, Kebbi, Zamfara, Plateau, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Edo, Lagos, Niger, Borno, Ogun, Ekiti, and Kogi.

State deputy governors at the meeting are those from Bauchi, Kaduna and Rivers,

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello and Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.

Pressident Buhari went round to shake hands with some of the past leaders including Dr. Obasanjo as soon as he arrived at the Council chamber.

Obasanjo also offered the opening Christian prayer while Mohammed Uwais said the Muslim prayer.

One minute silence was observed in honour of former President Shehu Shagari, and late CJNs Aloysius Katsina Alu and Idris Kutigi

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Former Heads of State Yakubu Gowon, Ibrahim Babangida and former CJN Mariam Muktar sent apologises for their absence at the meeting.

Without listing the details of the agenda during the opening session, the Secretary to the SGF, Boss Mustapha said that the meeting will discuss five point agenda.

But issues expected to be considered at the meeting include the National minimum wage, and confirmation of the appointment of the acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

The forthcoming general elections and security of the nation are also expected to engage the attention of the Council of State.

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