4th February, 2014
Nigeria’s National Council of State meeting being chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan will take place today, almost 11 months after the last one was held, the PUNCH has reported.
The council which has Vice-President Namadi Sambo as its deputy chairman is made up of all former presidents and Heads of Government, all former Chief Justices of Nigeria; President of the Senate; Speaker of the House of Representatives; all the 36 state governors and the Attorney-General of the Federation.
Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, former military dictators, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.) and Maj.- Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had been staying away from the meetings.
Media reports had it that some governors had been uncomfortable with the failure of the President to convene a meeting of the council to address some pressing national issues.
The last time the meeting was held was on March 12, 2013 when former Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, and some other former state officials were granted pardon.
The council has the constitutional duties of advising the President in the exercise of his powers with respect to national census, prerogative of mercy, award of national honours, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the National Judicial Council and the National Population Commission.