By NWANKWO, Grace Chinasa
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a meeting of the council of State at the Presidential Villa Abuja.
The meeting started at 10am on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Before the commencement of proceedings, The council observed a minute’s silence in honour of former head of Interim government, Ernest shonekan, who died on January 11 2022.
The meeting is 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. Ibarahim Gambari. Former heads of state physically in attendance are Abdusalami Abubakar, Goodluck Jonathan and Yakubu Gowon.
State governors in attendance are Hope Uzodinma (IMO state), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti state), Atiku Bagudu (KEBBI state), Bello Matawalle( Zamfara state), Nasir El rufai (Kaduna state) amongst others.
Other Governors are attending virtually.
The ongoing Council of State meeting is the fourth session under the Buhari administration with the first which 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 policy making.
Matters of insecurity and economy are however, expected to form part of today’s discussions.