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Former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan are among former leaders attending the Council of State meeting summoned by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Ex-head of state, Abdusalami Abubakar and former Head of Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan, are also attending the meeting.

The Council comprises of past presidents and heads of state, Chief Justices of Nigeria, leadership of the National Assembly, and state governors; and is the highest advisory body to the President.

Obasanjo, who is having a running political battle to oust Buhari in next month’s presidential election, offered the opening Christian prayer while former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammed Uwais said the Muslim prayer.

A one-minute silence was thereafter observed in honour of late members of the Council, former President Shehu Shagari; and ex-CJNs, Aloysius Katsina Alu, and Idris Kutigi.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President, Bukola Saraki; and state governors of Imo, Osun, Kebbi, Zamfara Plateau, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Edo, Lagos, Niger, Borno, Ogun, Ekiti, Kogi as well as Deputy State governors of Bauchi, Kaduna, and Rivers, were in attendance.

There were also the National security Adviser (NSA) Gen Babagana Monguno(rtd); Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita; Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mohammed Bello; and Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.

In a brief remark during the opening session, the SGF said that the meeting would discuss five-point agenda without providing details.

It was however, learnt that other issues likely to form the crux of discussions at the meeting include the proposed new national minimum wage, and confirmation of the appointment of the acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

The forthcoming general elections and security of the nation are also expected to be discussed during the session, which is still ongoing.

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