The Chief of Staff to the President, Rt. Hon. Femi
Gbajabiamila is currently meeting behind closed doors with the National
Security Adviser, NSA, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and some ministers at the
Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting which began at about 05:30 pm also has in
attendance the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Yemi Cardoso, Ministers
of Education, Dr Tahir Mamman; Finance, Wale Edun; Budget and National
Planning, Atiku Bagudu, Agriculture, Abubakar Kyari and State for Agriculture,
Although the agenda of the meeting is not yet made public,
presidency source told Vanguard that it was not unconnected with food security,
especially the rising prices of food items that is causing unrest in some
It was reliably gathered that the meeting was for the
Presidential Committee on Emergency Food Intervention, convened by the Chief of
Staff to the President.
The meeting is coming on the heels of the protests by women
in Minna, Niger State and that of the angry youths in Kano over the rising cost
of living in the country.
Recall that a group of women in Minna, Niger State had on
Monday blocked the ever-busy Minna-Bida Road at the popular Kpakungu Roundabout
and called on the administration of President Bola Tinubu to address the
problem of ‘hunger in the land.’
Attempts by security operatives to quell the protest by
firing tear gas cannisters into the crowd and making some arrests were rebuffed
by the mob.
The youths in Kano also protested over the hardship in the
country and the state governor, Abba Yusuf assured them that he would take
their complain to the President.
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