Council Of State Confirms IGP, Appoints Commissioners For INEC, NPC

Council-of-State,-Police-INEC-NPC-IGPNigeria’s Council of State and the Police Council have confirmed the appointment of Mr Ibrahim Idris as the Inspector General of Police.

The Governor of Jigawa State, Mr Abubakar Badaru, who briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said that the confirmation of Mr Idris as the Police Chief was unanimous.

President Buhari and IGP Idirs
President Muhammadu Buhari and IGP Ibrahim Idirs

President Buhari had approved the appointment of the Police Chief, as acting Inspector General of Police on June 21, to succeed Mr Solomon Arase who retired from service.

The Council also appointed six national commissioners for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to bring the number of commissioners for the electoral body to 12.

Briefing reporters on the appointments on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said that the six appointees were drawn from the six-geopolitical zones of the country.

They include Mohammed Haruna (north-central), Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Tijani Muazu (rtd) from northeast, Abubakar Nauche (northwest), Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu (southeast), May Agbamuche Mbu (south-south) and Dr. Adekunle Ladipo Ademola (southwest).

The Council further approved five new commissioners for the National Population Commission (NPC).

They are Dr. Eyitayo Oyetunji from Oyo State, Mr Patricia Inyanya from Benue State, Mr Benedict Ikpong from Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Haliru Bala from Kebbi State and Gloria Izonfo from Bayelsa State.

The National Council of State is the highest constitutional advisory body and it constitutes Nigeria’s sitting President, Vice President, all former Presidents and Heads of State, former Chief Justices of the Federation, the 36 state governors and the leadership of the National Assembly.

The meeting, which held at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Only three past Heads of State were present – Chief Ernest Shonekan, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

Also present were five former Chief Justices of the Federation, state governors and some deputy governors.

Former Heads of State; General Yakubu Gowon, General Ibrahim Babangida, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo were  absent.

Also absent are the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara.

Meeting in pictures:

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President Muhammadu Buhari presiding over the National Council of State meeting
L-R: Chief Ernest Shonekan, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
Some state governors at the meeting
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Some other state governors at the meeting

Obasanjo, Babangida Absent, As Buhari Presides Over Council Of State Meeting

Muhammadu-BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari is presiding over the National Council of State meeting holding in the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.

Only three past Heads of State are present.

They include Chief Ernest Shonekan, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar.

Five past Chief Justices of the Federation, state governors and some of their deputies are also present at the meeting.

Conspicuously absent are General Yakubu Gowon, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo.

Also absent are the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to brief the council on the nomination of Ibrahim Idris as acting Inspector-General of Police and the Nigerian Police Council (NPC) is expected to ratify the appointment thereafter.

The Council of State is the highest constitutional advisory body in Nigeria. It is chaired by the President.

Other members of the council are all past Presidents and Heads of State, past Chief Justices of the Federation, the 36 state governors, and the leadership of the National Assembly.

Jonathan Tasks Nigerians On More Sacrifices For Nation’s Development

jonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has advised all Nigerians to  be ready to make sacrifices that will help in the development of Nigeria. 

He further stressed the need for Nigerians to continue to pray for the incoming administration, as they take over the onerous task of nation building.

The President spoke at an interdenominational breakfast meeting in the Presidential Villa on Saturday.

He expressed gratitude to God and Nigerians for all the privileges he enjoyed from his days in office, as a Deputy Governor in Bayelsa State to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

President Jonathan further stressed that he was now happy to join the likes of General Yakubu Gowon and Mr Ernest Shonekan as elder statesmen, saying he will be ready to make contributions anytime they are needed.

The President, however, urged leaders at all levels, including Local Government Chairmen and lawmakers, to be ready to make sacrifices that would help in the development of the nation. He stressed that the nation would get to the promise land only when the people are ready to make necessary sacrifices.

It was the fifth Christian faithful’s gathering in the Presidential Villa for the breakfast meeting, designed to thank God for his goodness since the inception of the administration.

The gathering was a unique one, coming at the last lap of the President Jonathan’s administration. It still drew much crowd who joined the President and his team in the worship session.

There were bible readings by the former head of state General Yakubu Gowon and prayers were also said for the nation and for President Jonathan, as he marks what many have described as the end of a meritorious service to his fatherland as president.

The message of the breakfast meeting centered on destiny and decision. In it, the preacher, Senior Pastor of Dunamis International, Dr Paul Enenche, made reference to Nigerian’s 2015 presidential elections and certain decisions that brought Nigerians the peace they are enjoying today.

Council Of State Partners With Jonathan To End Insurgency By December

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The National Council of State, on Thursday, took a unanimous decision to support President Goodluck Jonathan in the fight against insurgency and ultimately bring it to an end by December 2014.

At the meeting in the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, members of the Council noted that the insurgency could lead to Nigeria’s disintegration if not resolved, noting that the unity of Nigeria cannot be compromised.

They condemned in strong terms, the attempt by some state governments to register non-indigenes residing in their states.

To demonstrate their resolve to stop any attempt to cause disharmony in the country, the council set up a committee to identify all discriminatory practices across Nigeria.

This is with a view to asking the National Assembly to enact a law to end all such practices wherever they exist in the country.

Present at the meeting, which was presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, were five former Nigerian leaders: General Yakubu Gowon, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, General Ibrahim Babangida, General Abdusalami Abubakar and Chief Ernest Shonekan among others.