Buhari Absent As Council Of State Meets

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The National Council of States meeting, chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan, is currently in session at the Presidential Villa.

The meeting, the second in 2014, is being attended by all former Nigerian leaders except a former presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

The former Nigerian leaders present at the meeting are Olusegun Obasanjo, Shehu Shagari, Yakubu Gowon, Ibrahim Babangida, Ernest Shonekan, and Abdusalami Abubakar.

The Council of State, which is the highest advisory body to the serving president, consists of the Vice President, former heads of states, governors of the 36 states including the Abuja minister, former and present the Chief Justices of the Federation, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Inspector General of Police.

The Council, it was learnt, may take a decision on a new Inspector General of Police to replace Mohammed Abubakar, the outgoing police boss. Abubakar is due to retire at the end of this month after serving for 35 years.

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