Naija News reports that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who, only on Sunday, heavily criticised the Buhari administration’s policies and alleged plans to rig the February elections, is also attending the meeting.
It was Obasanjo who said the Christian prayers before the meeting went into closed-doors. A former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Uwais, said the Muslim prayers.
Aside from Obasanjo, other former leaders at the meeting were former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan; former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.) and former President Goodluck Jonathan.
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The Council of State is an organ of the Federal Government saddled with the responsibility of advising the executive on policymaking.
The council, which comprises president as chairman and vice president as deputy chairman, has as members all former presidents and Heads of State, all former Chief Justices of Nigeria, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, all state governors and Attorney-General of the Federation as members.
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The key issues on the agenda are said to be the National Minimum Wage and the February general elections.
The forthcoming general election and security of the nation are also expected to engage the attention of the Council of State.