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May 29, 2024

Why Tinubu didn’t address joint session of National Assembly — Speaker

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Tajudeen Abbas

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Honourable Tajudeen Abbas on Wednesday explained why President Bola Tinubu declined to address the joint session of the National Assembly.

The Speaker said all activities to mark the Democracy Day will be held on 12 June.

Recall that there were conflicting statements on Tuesday from the presidential aides on the President addressing joint session of the National Assembly.

While the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Mr Bayo Onanuga, had in a statement said that there was not going to be the usual broadcast by the President on May 29, he said that the President would rather address the joint session of the National Assembly on the activities of his government in the past one year.

However, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, in another statement said that the Office of the President was not aware of any joint session, describing the Onanuga statement as “false” and “unauthorised”.

But making clarification on what appeared to be a mixed-up, the Speaker said that  President Tinubu declined to address the joint session of the National Assembly because all activities to mark the Democracy Day will be held on 12 June.

He said it was the House that goofed in inviting the president to address a joint session, stating that the lawmakers have been “corrected by the president”.

Honourable Abbas further stated that the president will only flag off the Old National Anthem which has come into effect with the signing of the controversial National Anthem Bill.