Former Presidents Olusegun Obasan, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari and governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers were absent as the first Council of state meeting in twelve months goes underway at the presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting which started at about 10:45 am has in attendance former presidents Yakubu Gowon,Shehu Shagari, Ibrahim Babangida, Ernest Shonekan and Abdulsalam Abaubakar.
Former chief Justices of the federation Mohammed Lawal Uwais, Idris Kutigi, Alpha Belgore and Dahiru Musdapher were also in attendance at the meeting.
Also present are the president of the senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, David Mark and Aminu Tambuwal respectively.
Though most of the governors are attending the meeting, the governors of Rivers, Edo and Benue were absent when the meeting began.
Among early arrivals at the were the governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, Sokoto state Aliyu Magatakarda Wamako, Peter Obi of Anambra