The New President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari Sworn into Office
Muhammadu Buhari GCFR
President, Commander –in- Chief of Armed Forces
Federal Republic of Nigeria
History was made in Nigeria on 29th May 2015, when at exactly 10.55AM a new President, Muhammadu Buhari, was sworn in. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Eagles Square in Abuja, the capital city of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
2. Past Nigerian leaders as well as over fifty other world leaders witnessed the inauguration, which commenced when Prof Yemi Osinbajo was sworn-in as Vice -President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
3. The high light of the ceremony was the inauguration of the President-elect amidst pomp and pageantry of classic military parade and public applause. In his inaugural speech, President Buhari commended the determination of Nigerians whom he credited for the peaceful elections and subsequent successful transition from the past and to the new government.
4. He called the event of his inauguration a joyous occasion to celebrate the rebirth of Nigeria as the country marches inexorably towards achieving her cherished goal of good governance, stability, security and prosperity.
5. President Buhari also said kind words about his predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, who conceded defeat in the presidential election held on March 28. The President declared “I will like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for the display of statesmanship in setting a precedence for us that has now made our people to be proud to be Nigerians wherever they are.”
6. On his plans for the country, President Buhari stated that the economy and security would be accorded primary attention by his administration, highlighting that the Nigerian economy is in trouble and called for prudent management of resources to tackle the problems facing the economy. The President identified the major problems facing the economy as falling external reserves and power shortage. He therefore, appealed to workers and employees to unite to increase productivity to grow the economy. He also plans to revamp the education sector.
7. The 72 years old former military General had ruled Nigeria for 20 months as a military head of state (31st December 1983 – 27th August 1985) a period remembered for strict fight against indiscipline and corruption.