By Akinwale Kasali
President Muhammadu Buhari and Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has put their differences behind as both former military head of states were in each others hands at the Council of State Meeting that began today in Abuja, Nigeria.
Obasanjo over the weekend publicly criticised Buhari for his high-handedness, describing as another ‘Sani Abacha’ in the making, citing his policies and actions.
Abacha, the late military dictator was known to have abused the rule of law, desecrated traditional stools, victimized, maimed and killed Nigerians who were against his policies and style of governance.
At the meeting, Obasanjo observed the Christian prayers before the meeting went into closed-doors. A former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Uwais, said the Muslim prayers.
Aside from Obasanjo, other former leaders at the meeting were former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan; former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.) and former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and Gen. Yakubu Gowon were yet to arrive at the venue of the meeting.
The Council of State comprises the President, Vice-President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, former presidents and heads of State, Chief Justices of Nigeria, State Governors, among others.
Among the governors who had arrived were those of Osun, Kebbi, Zamfara, Plateau, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Edo, Lagos, Niger, Borno, Ogun, Ekiti and Kogi states.
The key issues on the agenda are said to be the National Minimum Wage and the February general elections.