Tinubu opts for National Assembly address over nationwide broadcast on first anniversary

In a strategic departure from tradition, President Bola Tinubu has chosen not to address the nation via a nationwide broadcast on Wednesday, marking his first anniversary as Nigeria’s leader.

This decision was communicated through a statement issued by Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Instead, Tinubu will deliver his remarks before a joint session of the National Assembly, a move emblematic of his commitment to collaborative governance and institutional engagement.

Onanuga outlined that the National Assembly has orchestrated a comprehensive program to commemorate the nation’s 25-year democratic journey, spanning both executive and legislative spheres.

Tinubu’s address is anticipated to highlight the achievements of his administration and the overarching trajectory of Nigeria’s democracy since its restoration in 1999.

Former Senate President David Mark and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Tinubu’s Chief of Staff and former speaker of the House of Representatives, are slated to deliver speeches alongside him.

The statement read in full below:


President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will not make a broadcast to the nation on Wednesday to celebrate his first anniversary as the leader of Nigeria.

Instead, the President will address a joint session of the National Assembly, which has lined up a programme to commemorate 25 years of the nation’s democratic journey at both the executive and legislative levels.

President Tinubu’s speech will dwell on the achievements of his administration and Nigeria’s democracy since the military ceded power in 1999.

Former Senate President, Senator David Mark, former speaker of the House of Representatives and now President Tinubu’s Chief of Staff, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila are all lined up to address the parliament.

Also lined up to speak is the former military ruler, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, who handed over power to civilian administration in 1999.

At the end of the speeches, President Tinubu will commission the National Assembly Library and Resource Center, now to be known as Bola Ahmed Tinubu Building.

Bayo Onanuga
Special Adviser on Information & Strategy

28 May, 2024

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