President, Vice President Now To Be Sworn-In Inside National Assembly
A bill which will enforce that an elected President and Vice President of Nigeria are inaugurated in the premises of the National Assembly was on Thursday passed by the Senate.
The bill, if concurred with by the House of Representatives and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, will enforce the inauguration of the President and his deputy within the confines of the parliament as it is done in the United States and some other democracies of the world.
Currently, inauguration of presidents and vice presidents of the federation takes place at the Eagles Square in the Federal Capital Territory under the oath administered by the Chief Justice of the Federation.
The passage of the bill sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, followed several debates on the report of the Senate Committee on Special Duties.
Reading the report, chairman of the committee, Abdul-Aziz Nyako, noted that the bill if assented to will “be a welcome development as the National Assembly represents all segments of the country.”
The senators after several debates passed the bill through a voice vote.
Lawmakers however removed Clause 6 of the bill, which deals with the observance of relevant prayers in places of worship before inauguration.
The clause reads: “There shall be national prayers in the week of the inauguration in designated places of worship in the Federal Capital City on Friday and Sunday preceding the date of inauguration.”
Also the Senate amended Clause 8 of the bill, which deals with accompanying of dignitaries at the venue of inauguration.
Giving explanation on the amendment, Nyako said: “The duty of accompanying dignitaries in a ceremony is totally for ushers appointed to serve in that capacity. Originally, we used to have senators to escort dignitaries; the committee is of the opinion that such exercise should be handled by the clerk of the National Assembly who shall delegate officers to handle the assignment.”
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