The Council of State has expressed concern over the security challenges in the country and urged new approaches to end the cycles of violence. This was part of the resolutions taken at the council’s meeting held inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday. The meeting, chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan, lasted for over six hours. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Head of state Gen Muhamadu Buhari, as well as Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina) were absent at the meeting. Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha said the council emphasised the need for new security strategies. He said the council also cautioned all the politicians in the country against unguarded utterances that could further heat up the polity. The governor said the council also agreed that the proposed national conference was a welcome development. Okorocha added that the council also deliberated on the forthcoming centenary celebration and reaffirmed the nation’s unity.