Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; and Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State were among members of the National Council of State who were absent as the council’s meeting started at the Presidential Villa, Abuja at about 10.50am.Three former military leaders, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.) and Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar (retd.), as well as former President Sheu Shagari and Chief Ernest Shonekan, however attended the meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
President of the Senate, David Mark; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwwal, and four former Chief Justices of the Federation are in attendance.
The council which has Vice President Namadi Sambo as the deputy chairman has 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 as members.