Naira swap, general elections top agenda as Buhari presides over Council of State meeting


By Ismail Auwal

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over an emergency meeting of the Council of State meeting to discuss key national issues including petrol scarcity, naira redesign policy, insecurity and the 2023 general elections. 

According to sources at the Presidential Villa, the CBN governor is expected to provide update on the new currency redesign policy as the FG continues to face public backlash over the shoddy implementation of the policy. This is coming in light of the recent Supreme Court pronouncement stopping the implementation of the February 10 deadline.

Also expected at the meeting is Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu as well as the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba, will brief the council on the preparation for the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections as well as March 11 governorship and state houses of assembly polls.

Meanwhile, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said the Council should at at the meeting look at the merit of holding all the elections in one day in March to avert negative security consequences.

In attendance are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and former Heads of State, retired Gens. Yakubu Gowon and Abdulsalami Abubakar as well as former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Speaker, House of the Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, are also in attendance.

Others attending the meeting are former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Alfa Belgore and Mahmood Muhammad, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha and the Head of Service, Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan.

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