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.

IBB Optimistic Of Rescheduled Election Date

electionA former Military President of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Babangida, popularly known as IBB, is optimistic that the general elections will hold at the rescheduled date of March 28 and April 11.

The former Military President made the statement at a meeting with members of the Arewa Community for Change at his residence in Minna, the Niger State capital.

The former President also appealed to all Nigerians to support the Military in its efforts to tackle the Boko Haram.

IBB noted that the insurgency should not be seen as a North East Problem but a challenge to the whole Nation.

The Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) on the other hand, had assured Nigerians that the elections would hold as scheduled saying that the reason for the shift in election dates was for security reasons.

There have been controversial issues concerning the postponement of the general election.

The Federal Government had blamed the postponement of the lection on the chances that some Nigerians who have not collected their Permanent Voter Cards may be disenfranchised it the election was not postponed.

As at February 7, only 66 per cent of PVCs of the registered 68.8 million voters had been distributed, according to the report of the INEC’s chairman, professor Attahiru Jega.

Giving his comments on the postponement of the elections,  a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, accused President Goodluck Jonathan of pushing for the postponement as a plan to ensure he would win  the election.

There have been several other comments about the post been reactions concerning the postponement of elections, with several bodies urging the public not to consent to any further attempt to postpone the election.