Buhari summons emergency Council of State meeting

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has summoned an emergency meeting of the Council of State over escalating crises in the country ahead of the general elections.

The meeting will hold in the State House, Abuja, on Friday, January 9.


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Those expected to brief the Council include the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba.

The meeting is coming on the heels of a national crisis that resulted from the scarcity of naira notes.

Fuel scarcity is also being experienced across the country.



    The scarcity of naira notes and fuel have been identified as threats to the success of the forthcoming general elections.

    It is expected that the meeting will come up with recommendations that will help to reduce tension before the elections and avert further escalation of the national crises.

    One of the duties of the National Council of State is to advise the executive on policy decisions.

    Membership of the Council comprises the President, the Vice President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, former presidents, former heads of state, former Chief Justices of Nigeria, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, governors of the 36 states of the Federation and the Attorney General of the Federation, among others.

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