Jonathan, Abdulsalami, Shonekan Attend Council Of State Meeting

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, ex-Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar and former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, are present at the ongoing Council of State meeting at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

 They are the only past leaders attending the meeting as of the time of filing this report.

 The meeting, which commenced at exactly 11.10am, is also being attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

 This is the second meeting of the Council of State convened by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara who are also members of the council are absent.

The meeting is expected to consider names of nominees to fill vacant positions of National and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The INEC currently has six national commissioners out of 12, while 21 out of 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners are yet to be appointed.

President Buhari is also expected brief the council on the nomination of Ibrahim Idris as acting Inspector-General of Police. The Nigerian Police Council (NPC) is expected to ratify the appointment thereafter.

The Nigerian Council of State is an organ of the Nigerian government whose functions include advising the executive on policy making.

The council comprises the president as chairman; vice president (deputy chairman); all former presidents and all former heads of the government of the federation; all former Chief Justices of Nigeria; President of the Senate; Speaker of the House of Representatives; state governors and Attorney-General of the Federation.

The responsibilities of the council include advising the president in the exercise of his powers with respect to the appointments of  INEC commissioners, members of the National Population Commission, the National Judicial Council, prerogative of mercy and award of national honours.

The council also advises the president whenever requested to do so on the maintenance of public order and on such other matters as the president may direct.

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If You Probe Me, Probe Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Others Too; Jonathan Tells Buhari

President Goodluck Jonathan has advised the incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari, not to single his administration out for probe. He said if Mr. Buhari must investigate him and his administration, he should do the same for the past governments.

A probe centred only on the Jonathan administration will amount to a “witch hunt”, the president said Wednesday at a valedictory cabinet meeting attended by ministers ahead of his handing over to Mr. Buhari on Friday.

Mr. Jonathan said his comments followed calls from different quarters for his administration to be investigated. “Some people are even calling for the probe of the government, but I think in Nigeria, there are a lot of many things that will be probed, very many things, even debts owed by states and debts owed by this country from 1960 up to this time.

“They say it is Jonathan’s administration that is owing these debts. I believe that anybody that is calling for probe must also ensure that this probe is extended beyond the Jonathan administration.

“Otherwise, to me, it will be witch-hunt. If we are very sincere, it is not only the Jonathan administration that should be probed,” he said. He said his government has had to operate under the harshest of conditions, some of which were politically motivated.

Mr. Jonathan attributed the just abating fuel scarcity and the strike action by the oil union to sabotage. He noted that as a cabinet, all ministers had done their best despite the challenges faced during their tenure.

Noting that Nigeria has twice sat on the Security Council during the life of the outgoing administration, the president said it was obvious that the rest of the world appreciated the little contribution of Nigeria under his leadership.


Abdulsalami, Diezani In Secret Meeting With Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday met behind closed-doors with former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The meeting was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Abubakar was first to arrive in the Villa and was joined by Alison-Madueke two minutes later.

Abubakar, who also head the National Peace Committee for the 2015 General Elections, stayed in the meeting for 27 minutes, leaving the Petroleum Minister behind.

It was not clear for how long the Minister stayed with President Jonathan, has she left via a different exit to avoid being accosted by journalists.

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President Jonathan In Secret Meeting With Abdulsalami, Sultan & Top Clerics

President Goodluck Jonathan met with  former Head of State, General Abubakar Abdulsalami. Abdulsalami led other members of the National Peace Committee to discuss the 2015 general elections with the President.

Members of the committee in attendance included the Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, Primate Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, among others. The meeting, which took place inside the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja, was held behind closed-doors.

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Mu’azu Reports Buhari, APC To Abdulsalami, Dangote, Others For Insulting Jonathan

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP pleaded with former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar,retd, former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, retd, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah to ask the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC to stop insulting President Goodluck Jonathan.

Speaking yesterday at PDP National Secretariat, Abuja when members of Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee on Election visited him, Muazu told the Committee members that the Presidential candidate of APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, retd and other key stakeholders of the party must stop portraying President Jonathan as a bad product.

Also with Ukiwe during the visit was the Chairman of Dangote group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, among others. Speaking further, Muazu told his visitors that rather than insult and attempt to ridicule President Jonathan, the APC should tell Nigerians what they would do better with their candidate, adding that though it was not the policy of the PDP, but some younger members of the party had no choice than to react in commensurate manner to attacks from the opposition as they were pushed to the wall.

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IBB, Abdulsalami Reconcile Aliyu With Deputy

Governor Babangida Aliyu and his deputy, Hon Ahmed Musa Ibeto, former heads of state, Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar have moved to reconcile the duo.

Reports gathered yesterday in Minna that the former Nigerian leaders held a reconciliation meeting with the governor and his deputy at the residence of Abdulsalami last Thursday.

It was gathered that the meeting was at the instance of the generals who felt that their public display of their political difference was causing them embarrassment and tension in the state and decided to nip it in the bud before it degenerated to another level.

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