The proposed expanded National Security Council (NEC) meeting convened by President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle the security challenges in parts of the country is going on at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting which has state governors, security chiefs and key ministers, also has the National President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and the Sultan of Sokoto, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III in attendance.
The meeting which started at about 12.10pm with the arrival of the President was declared open by prayer sessions led by Oritsejafor and Abubakar following which the session entered into a closed door meeting.
At the time of filing this report, state governors in attendance include, Willie Obiano (Anambra), Theodore Orji (Abia), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Martins Elechi (Ebonyi), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Aliyu Wamako (Sokoto), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna ), Garba Umar (Taraba), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Seidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Lyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe) and Isa Yuguda (Bauchi).
Governors of Jigawa, Imo, Oyo, Rivers, Kano, Ogun, Edo, Plateau and Yobe states were represented by their deputies.
The National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), led the Minister of Defence and heads of the Army, Navy, Airforce, Police, Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Federal Road Safety Corps as well as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to the meeting.
Ministers in attendance included those of Interior, Defence, Police Affairs, Foreign, Agriculture, FCT and the Attorney-General of the Federation.