After a challenging and extensive election campaign, Nigeria has embraced a new President who will guide the nation’s course for the next four years. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a seasoned politician and former Governor of Lagos State, officially assumed the role of Nigeria’s President on Monday, May 29. The grand inauguration ceremony took place at the prestigious Eagle Square in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.
Administering the Oath of Office
In a moment filled with significance, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, presided over the official swearing-in ceremony. At precisely 10:28am, President Tinubu took the oath of office, followed by his deputy, Kashim Shettima, at 10:38am. Notable figures present to witness this pivotal event included former Presidents Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan, symbolizing the peaceful transfer of power.
Presence of Esteemed Attendees
Joining President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his deputy were their respective spouses, Remi Tinubu and Nana Shettima, as well as Aisha Buhari, the wife of former President Muhammadu Buhari. The ceremony attracted distinguished leaders from across the African continent, adding to the historical significance. Notable attendees included Prime Minister Billy By-Nze of Gabon, President Alassane Ouattara of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. The venue, adorned in the nation’s iconic green-white-green colors, set a vibrant backdrop for this momentous occasion.
Gathering of Prominent Figures
The inauguration ground became a gathering place for influential personalities, reflecting the nation’s diversity and unity. Among the dignitaries in attendance were renowned individuals such as Akinwumi Adesina, Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Abdulsamad Rabiu, and Jim Ovia. Additionally, the venue saw the presence of service chiefs, heads of security agencies, governors, former governors, serving and former ministers, and notable members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), underscoring the importance of this moment for Nigeria’s political landscape.