President Tinubu to Address Joint Session of National Assembly, Marking 25 Years of Democracy

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will address a joint session of the National Assembly tomorrow, May 29, to commemorate 25 years of Nigeria’s democratic journey. This marks a significant milestone in the country’s history, as it celebrates a quarter-century of unbroken democracy.

In a departure from tradition, President Tinubu will not make a broadcast to the nation on his first anniversary in office, instead opting to address the joint session of the National Assembly. This move is seen as a nod to the importance of the legislative arm of government in the country’s democratic process.

During the session, President Tinubu will deliver a speech highlighting the achievements of his administration and the progress made in Nigeria’s democracy since the military handed over power in 1999. He will be joined by other notable speakers, including former Senate President, Senator David Mark, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, now Chief of Staff to the President, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

Also lined up to speak is General Abdulsalami Abubakar, the former military ruler who played a crucial role in handing over power to a civilian administration in 1999. His presence is seen as a symbol of the country’s transition from military rule to democracy.

Following the speeches, President Tinubu will commission the National Assembly Library and Resource Center, which will be renamed the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Building. This gesture is seen as a tribute to the President’s commitment to democracy and the legislative arm of government.

The event is expected to be attended by dignitaries from across the country, including the Vice President, Deputy President of the Senate, Deputy Speaker of the House, and other top government officials.

In a statement, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, said: “This event marks a significant milestone in Nigeria’s democratic journey, and we are honored to have President Tinubu address the joint session of the National Assembly. We look forward to a fruitful and productive session.”

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