Council of State meeting holds Thursday

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday preside over a meeting of the Council of State.

The meeting is scheduled to hold at 11:00am inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Sources at the Presidency disclosed yesterday that the meeting would discuss security issues, particularly kilkings by suspected herdsmen in some states as well as the Boko Haram insurgency.
It was gathered that issues regarding the conduct of the 2019 general elections are also likely to be discussed at the meeting.
The last time President Buhari held such a meeting was on  September 7, 2016; while the first was on October 21, 2015.
The Council of State is an organ of the Federal Government saddled with the responsibility of advising the executive on policy making.

The council, which comprises president as chairman and vice president as deputy chairman, has as members all former presidents and Heads of State all former Chief Justices of Nigeria, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, all state governors and Attorney-General of the Federation.

The duties of the council includes advising the president in the exercise of his powers with respect to the National population census and compilation, publication and keeping of records and other information concerning the same; prerogative of mercy; award of national honours; the Independent National Electoral Commission (including the appointment of members of that Commission); the National Judicial Council (including the appointment of the members, other than ex-officio members of that Council); the National Population Commission (including the appointment of members of that Commission).

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

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