Jonathan, IBB, Shagari absent at Council of State meeting

Jonathan, IBB, Shagari absent at Council of State meeting
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, former military President, Ibrahim Babangida and Alhaji Shehu Shagari were conspicuously absent on Thursday at the time the Council of States meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. 

The former leaders present when the meeting started few minutes  are Gen. Yakubu Gowon, and Abdulsalami Abubakar.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo arrived after the national anthem and the opening prayers were said.  
 
The meeting was the third Council of States meeting held under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
 
Others also present at the meeting included state governors of Adamawa, Benue, Kebbi, Jigawa, Delta, Lagos, Nasarawa, Abia, Sokoto, Imo, Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Kano, Plateau, Ogun, Rivers, Zamfara, Ebonyi, Kaduna. 
 
Also in the meeting are the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Senate President, Bukola Saraki. 
 
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara was absent when the meeting started. 
 
The meeting started when President Buhari arrived the Council Chamber venue of the meeting and went round the Council chamber to shake hand with those present. 
 
The first meeting under Buhari was held on the 21 of October, 2015, while the second was held in September 2016.
 
The National Council of State is chaired by President Buhari, with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as  Deputy Chairman.
 
The meeting was still in progress at the time of filing this report.
 
Reports by Nnabuchi Nnabuchi
(State House correspondent)

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