President Muhammadu Buhari has allegedly issued a proclamation for the 9th National Assembly to hold her first session on June 11, 2019 according to a letter which is raising eyebrows.
There is confusion over the authenticity of the letter purportedly from President Buhari to the National House of Assembly.
The 1999 constitution (as amended) provides that the President will have to issue a proclamation before the Senate and the House of Representatives hold their first session.
Although, the letter was written in the letterhead paper of President Buhari, it was not addressed to any official of the National Assembly and the space for the addressee was left blank thereby,creating doubts about its authenticity.
The letter which emanated from social media groups of National Assembly reporters entitled, “Proclamation for the holding of the first session of the 9th National Assembly” and dated May 30, 2019, read: “ Whereas it is provided in Section 64(3) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended) that the person elected as President shall have power to issue a Proclamation for the Holding of the first Session of the National Assembly immediately after his being sworn-in. “Now, therefore, I, Muhammadu Buhari, President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in exercise of the powers bestowed upon me by section 64(3) aforesaid,and of all other powers enabling me in that behalf hereby proclaim that the first Session of the ninth( 9th) National Assembly shall hold at 10.00am on Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, in the National Assembly, Abuja. “Given under my hand, and the Public Seal of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at Abuja, this 30th Day of May 2019.
Ordinarily, the letter ought to have been addressed to Mohammed Sani-Omolori, the clerk to the National Assembly.
Also, Buhari was in Saudi-Arabia for a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) the day the letter was was signed, May 30.
As at the time of this report, the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, could not be reached to officially confirm the proclamation from the President.