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National Assembly to hold historic joint sitting for Nigeria’s 25 years of democracy

On Wednesday, May 29, the Senate and the House of Representatives will convene jointly to mark 25 years of unbroken democracy in Nigeria.

This unprecedented gathering, a first since the nation’s return to democracy in 1999, will feature presentations by eminent Nigerians, including former military Head of State, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd).

Historically, such joint sessions are rare, usually reserved for the President’s annual budget presentations.

According to a statement from the National Assembly management on Monday night, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the joint sitting.

As part of the commemorative events, President Tinubu will also inaugurate the new National Assembly Library.

Expected attendees include Vice President Kashim Shettima and other prominent figures such as Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, and Chief of Staff to the President, Rt. Femi Gbajabiamila.

The occasion will also feature commemorative lectures on “25 years of the National Assembly: Lessons and Opportunities” during the joint sitting.

Rt. Femi Gbajabiamila, former Speaker of the 9th House (2019-2023), will deliver insights on ‘Reflections on the House’, while Senator David Mark, former President of the 6th and 7th Senate (2007-2015), will provide reflections on ‘Reflections on the Senate.’

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