President Buhari convenes Council Of State meeting amidst rising insecurity in Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari is right about now presiding over the Council of State Meeting at the Presidential Villa Abuja.
Matters of insecurity, 2023 elections and the economy are expected to form part of the discussions. The meeting, which was last held in August 2020, is holding behind closed doors.
Former heads of state physically in attendance at the meeting are Abdusalami Abubakar, Goodluck Jonathan, and Yakubu Gowon. Others are attending the meeting Virtually from their various locations.
The meeting, which started at 10 am, is also being attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, and Chief of Staff to the President Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
State governors in attendance are Hope Uzodinma (IMO), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Atiku Bagudu(KEBBI), Bello Matawalle( Zamfara), Nasir El’Rufai(Kaduna), amongst others. Other Governors are attending virtually.
Before the commencement of proceedings, the council observed a minute silence in honour of the former head of Interim government Chief Ernest Shonekan who died on January 11 2022.
This is the fourth time the President will preside over the meeting, with the first being held on October 21, 2015, and the second on September 7, 2016, with the third one held virtually in August 2020
The Council of State is an organ of the Federal Government saddled with the responsibility of advising the executive on policymaking.