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No Capital Relocation to Lagos, Confirms Presidency Amidst Speculation

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The Nigerian Presidency has categorically denied recent speculations about plans to relocate the nation’s capital from Abuja to Lagos. This clarification comes in the wake of controversies stirred by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) relocating some of their departments from Abuja to Lagos.

Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, addressed these rumors yesterday, stating unequivocally that there is no intention to move the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to Lagos. Onanuga emphasized that the relocation of FAAN’s department back to Lagos, where it was originally situated before being moved to Abuja by former Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika in the last administration, should not be misconstrued as a relocation of the nation’s capital.

The Presidential aide highlighted that the narrative suggesting a capital move was fueled by what he termed as ‘dishonest, ethnic, and regional champions.’ He insisted that such conjectures were baseless and did not reflect the government’s policies or intentions. Onanuga’s remarks were aimed at dispelling any misunderstandings and reassuring the public and stakeholders that Abuja remains the capital of Nigeria.

This clarification is significant against the backdrop of Nigeria’s history, where the capital was moved from Lagos to Abuja in 1991. The decision at that time was made to establish a more centrally located capital for the nation. Since then, Abuja has developed into the political and administrative hub of Nigeria, hosting the Presidential Villa, National Assembly, Supreme Court, and numerous foreign embassies and high commissions.

The recent movements by CBN and FAAN had sparked debates and speculations across various sectors in the country, leading to widespread rumors about a possible shift in the nation’s capital back to Lagos. Lagos, being Nigeria’s economic powerhouse and one of Africa’s most populous cities, has always held a significant place in the country’s socio-economic dynamics. However, the Presidency’s clarification reiterates that the status of Abuja as the capital remains unchanged.

The Presidency’s swift response to these rumors reflects the government’s sensitivity to issues that can cause public concern or misinterpretation of government policies. It also underscores the importance of accurate communication from government agencies and the need to avoid actions that could be misinterpreted or spark unfounded rumors.

In addition to addressing the specific issue of the rumored capital relocation, Onanuga’s statement also serves as a reminder of the government’s commitment to maintaining stability and continuity in its administrative and political functions. The Presidency’s stance reassures both Nigerian citizens and the international community that the country’s governance structure and administrative centers remain firmly established.

Furthermore, the Presidential aide’s condemnation of the spread of misinformation points to broader challenges in the information age, where rumors and speculation can quickly gain traction on social media and other platforms. This situation highlights the critical role of government officials and media in providing accurate, timely, and transparent information to the public.

The Nigerian Presidency’s denial of any plans to relocate the nation’s capital from Abuja to Lagos puts to rest the recent speculations and reaffirms the government’s position on maintaining Abuja as the center of its administrative operations. This episode underscores the importance of clear communication from government agencies and the need to counteract misinformation that can lead to public confusion and uncertainty. As Nigeria continues to navigate complex socio-political dynamics, the clarity and accuracy of information from official sources remain crucial for national cohesion and public trust.

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