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

The meeting is scheduled to hold at 10:00am inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Council, which is chaired by President Buhari, consists of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is the Deputy Chairman; all former Presidents/Heads of State, all former Chief Justices of Nigeria, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, State Governors, and Attorney-General of the Federation.

The meeting would discuss the 2019 general elections, the new national minimum wage and security issues.

The new minimum wage has been a cause of controversy with the latest being a threat by Organised Labour that they were going to embark on nationwide strike beginning on January 28, 2019, if the President refuses to send a bill on the wage to the National Assembly by Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

The Council is also expected to ratify the appointment of the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu who took over from Ibrahim Idris, last Tuesday, as the 20th IGP in Nigeria. 

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The last time the Council met was on February 22, 2018. Goodluck Jonathan and Ibrahim Babangida, were were absent at the meeting.

The Council of State is an organ of the Federal Government saddled with the responsibility of advising the executive on policy making.

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.

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