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SGF Denies False Presidential Inauguration Programme Circulating On Social Media

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has distanced the Presidential Transition Council (PTC) from a false programme of events for the upcoming presidential inauguration, which has been circulating on social media platforms.

On Friday, the programme of events including time details for the inauguration ceremony was circulating on social media platforms. The fake programme of events included a “valedictory exco meeting” scheduled for May 18 and a “national assembly proclamation” as the last event of the inauguration on June 5.

Reacting to this, Boss Mustapha, in a statement signed by Willie Bassey, the Director of Information for the SGF on Saturday, dissociated the Presidential Transition Council (PTC) from the circulating programme of events for the presidential inauguration.

He said: “I wish to dissociate the Presidential Transition Council from the programme of events circulating on social media detailing the itinerary of the inauguration ceremony of the President-elect slated for May 29, 2023. This programme is fake and should not be given serious attention.”

Bassey noted that various approved events for the inauguration would be held from the week commencing on May 22 and that the original order of the programme would be unveiled on May 18.

He emphasized that the inauguration committee of the council was well-prepared for the peaceful and orderly transfer of power on May 29.

“The inauguration committee of the council has reached an advanced stage in its preparation for the peaceful and orderly transfer of power on May 29. Various approved events for the inauguration would be held from the week commencing on May 22. The original order of the programme would be unveiled on May 18,” he added.

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The Presidential Transition Council was established by President Muhammadu Buhari on February 9 to oversee the coordination of activities towards ensuring a smooth transition of power from the current administration to the next.

The SGF chairs the council, which also includes the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, the Solicitor-General of the Federation, the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of Justice, Defence, Interior, Finance, Foreign Affairs, and Information, and other government officials.

On March 28, the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, nominated Olawale Edun, a board member of the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MOFI) who is also a former Lagos Commissioner for Finance, alongside Atiku Bagudu, the Governor of Kebbi State, as representatives of the Presidential Transition Council (PTC).

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