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Buhari presides over Council of State meeting



President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday presided over the Council of State meeting at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

The meeting was expected to deliberate on the state of the nation, with emphasis on the recent policies of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and prevailing fuel scarcity among others.

It is also expected to review preparations for the general election, starting February 25, 2023.

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The NCS is an organ of the Federal Government whose functions include advising the executive on policy making.

Former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan, Yakubu Gowon, and Abdulsalami Abubakar, as well as Olusegun Obasanjo, who participated digitally, were present.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, were all present at the Aso Rock chamber as well.

Governors in attendance were Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), and Babagana Zulum (Borno).

Other governors that attended virtually were Ademola Adeleke (Osun), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Simon Lalong (Plateau) and the Deputy Governors Nasarawa state and Bauchi state.

The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu was also physically in attendance and was expected to brief the council on the preparations ahead of the 2023 elections.

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