Nigeria President Buhari sworn into office for 2nd term

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on May 29th, 2019

Abuja, Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn-in to office for a second term of four years in office.

The arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at the Eagle Square at 09:20 GMT signaled the full commencement of the swearing-in ceremony.

The opening prayers were conducted in the Islamic and Christian faiths.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed commenced the swearing-in ceremony, with Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo taking his oath of office.

At 09:37 GMT, President Muhhamadu Buhari was sworn-in by the CJN for a second term of four years to pilot the affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Having taken the oath of office, President Muhammadu Buhari received the national and defence flags from the guard brigade to signal the full commencement of a new dispensation.

President Buhari was later given a ceremonial guard of honour round the Eagle Square, Abuja.

The inauguration was done at the Eagle Square in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

Wednesday’s inauguration was low-key with many foreign leaders and former Nigerian presidents absent.

The government had earlier announced that the event would be low-key as major parts of the event had been rescheduled for June 12, which has been declared Democracy Day.

Dignitaries at the swearing-in ceremony include: Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representative Yakubu Dogara, Former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Aisha Buhari (wife of the preseident), Dolapo Osinbajo (wife of the vice-president), National chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomole, APC Chieftain Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former APC National chairmen Chief John Odigie Oyegun, serving governors, former federal ministers and members of the diplomatic community.

Mr Buhari won the February presidential election, defeating dozens of other candidates, including his main challenger Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party.

According to the electoral commission, Mr Buhari polled 55.6 per cent of the votes (15,191,847) to defeat Mr Abubakar who polled 41.2 per cent (11,262,978).

Mr Atiku Abubakar is challenging the result of the election in court.

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