Breaking: Obasanjo Appears at Council of State Meeting
…Leads Prayers at Meeting
Despite widespread criticisms that trailed Former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his latest message lampooning the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari of bad governance, the former President appeared at the presidential villa Tuesday for the Council of State meeting in Abuja.
Obsanjo had on Monday, lambasted the government of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, accusing it of sundry issues including funding Boko Haram and plans to rig the forthcoming general election.
However the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement stated that in approving his media aide, Mallam Shehu Garba, to allegedly cast aspersions and insult on Obasanjo, Buhari was setting a very bad example to younger Nigerians.
He alleged that such response fouled national values and heritage of Nigerians esteeming their elders and leaders.
According to him, such a seed could also haunt Buhari in the future.
Ologbondiyan, who is also Director, Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organization stated that Nigerians were appalled that Buhari, whose state of health has been accommodated by the nation, would turn around to make baseless and unsubstantiated negative assertions on the health of another leader.
He said, “Buhari may have seen how Nigerians have been registering their disappointment on his resort to personal attacks on former President Obasanjo, instead of responding to the germane issues raised by the former President.
The meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has in attendance ex-interim Head of State Chief Ernest Shonekan, General Abdusalami Abubakar and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. Shonekan arrived at the venue at 10.36am, Obasanjo 10.51am, Abubakar 10.56 am while Jonathan came in at 11.08am.
The meeting started after 11 am shortly after the president stepped into the council chambers.
The council comprises past presidents and heads of state, chief justices of Nigeria, the leadership of the National Assembly and state governors among others. Generals Yakubu Gowon and Ibrahim Babangida were absent.
Others in attendance were Senate President Bukola Saraki, former Chief Justices of Nigeria (CJN) Lawal Uwais and Justices Alfa Belgore but the current CJN Justice Walter Onnoghen was absent at the meeting.
Economic Confidential gathered that issues bothering on the forthcoming general elections, the proposed minimum wage, security issues as well as other sundry national issues were on the table for discussion.
Chief Obasanjo led the opening prayers while a minute silence was observed for the later Ex-President Shehu Shagari, late Justice Idirs Kutigi and Justice Katsina Alu.