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Former Nigerian Leaders Gowon, Obasanjo, Abdulsalami,  Jonathan Join Council of State Meeting

The meeting, the first in 2023, is coming on the heels of a twin crisis facing the economy; fuel scarcity and a cash crunch sparked by the CBN’s naira redesign policy.

Former Heads of State General Yakubu Gowon,  Abdulsalami Abubakar as well as former President Goodluck Jonathan are attending the council of state meeting currently underway. 

The hybrid meeting has former President Olusegun Obasanjo joining virtually.

As at the time of this report, our State House Correspondent reports that only about 14 governors are attending the meeting both physically and virtually with some represented by their deputy governors.

Others in attendance include the vice president, two fomer Chief Justices of Nigeria, The Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of justice among others.

The meeting, the first in 2023 is coming on the heels of a twin crisis facing the economy: fuel scarcity and a cash crunch sparked by the naira redesign policy of the CBN just as the nation heads into a general election in 15 days.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) have arried to brief  the council.

The council of state is an organ of the federal government saddled with the responsibility of advising the executive on policy making.

The council comprises the president as chairman and vice president as deputy chairman, has 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.

Adesuwa Omoruan