From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
All eyes were on former President Goodluck Jonathan as he attended his first National Council of State meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja yesterday.
He was one of the three former Heads of State that attended the meeting in the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.
Others were former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan and General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
Photographers seemed to be in sync as they, without prompting, temporarily focused on Jonathan as they took his pictures from different angles.
Buhari attended only two Council of State meetings during the Jonathan administration. The first was in February, 2015 when the general elections were post-poned. The second was on May 12, 2015, the last Council of State where the appointment of former Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, was confirmed.
The meeting was the second under the current dispensation while the first was held on October 21, 2015.
Absent were General Yakubu Gowon, who is out of the country, General Ibrahim Babangida, Alhaji Shehu Shagari who hardly missed such meetings, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Senate President and, the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Five past, Chief Justices Nigeria (CJN), governors and some of their deputies were also in attendance.
Former CJNs at the meeting include Justices Lawal Uwais, Mariam Muktar, Idris Kutigi and Alfa Belgore.
Among the governors present include Rivers, Borno, Niger, Imo, Cross River, Taraba, Yobe, Benue, Bauchi, Enugu, Kwara and Adamawa.