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Lawmakers Gather at National Assembly Amidst Presidential Communication Confusion

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The National Assembly is set to receive President Bola Tinubu as Nigeria celebrates 25 years of uninterrupted democracy. However, this event has been clouded by conflicting statements from the president’s spokesmen regarding his attendance.

On Tuesday, May 28, Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to the President, announced on social media that President Tinubu would address a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of Nigeria’s democratic journey. This was further confirmed by the National Assembly Clerk, Sani Magaji.

Contradicting this announcement, Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, declared the information “false and unauthorized,” adding that the Office of the President was not involved in planning such an event.

Despite the mixed messages, lawmakers were seen arriving at the House of Representatives chamber on Wednesday morning, the designated venue for the joint session. Security measures were notably stringent, with staff being screened before entry into the complex.

The National Assembly complex had been given a fresh look for the occasion, featuring a welcoming banner at the entrance to the White House, where both chambers are located. Additionally, banners showcasing past and present leaders of the two chambers were prominently displayed.

As the situation unfolds, the presence of lawmakers at the venue indicates a readiness to proceed with the session, despite the confusion from the presidency.

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