Nigeria2015 Transition: History is made as Buhari Takes Over – LIVE UPDATES

By Sani Tukur and Adebayo Hassan on May, 29 2015

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Following his victory at the recent Presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari would be sworn in as Nigeria’s president today.

He is taking over from Goodluck Jonathan who has led the country since the death of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2010.

His swearing-in makes history as Nigeria’s first switch of power from a ruling party to an opposition.

Mr. Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party has ruled Nigeria since 1999 when the country returned to democracy. Mr. Buhari belongs to the All Progressives Congress.

It will also be Mr. Buhari’s second time ruling Nigeria. He seized power through a military coup in 1983 but was toppled by another coup in 1984.

Our reporters are at the venue of the event and will bring you live updates and details from the venue of the ceremony.


Theodore Nguema,  Equatorial Guinea president arriving Eagle Square for the inauguration.
Theodore Nguema-Equatorial Guinea president


After all dignitaries arrive the Eagle Square, events proper will begin with an opening prayer by 9:55 am after which the swearing in ceremony will take place by 10am.

The swearing in ceremony would be conducted by the Chief Justice of Nigeria to be assisted by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court.

The President would be the first to be sworn in to be followed by the vice president.

Shortly after the outgoing president would congratulate the president and present copies of the Nigerian Constitution, The National and Armed Forces Flag to the incoming president.

After the presentation of the instruments, green and white balloons white pigeons will be released, followed by a 21 Gun salute.

After the salute, the former president and his vice would depart Eagles Square at about 10:55am.

As soon as they leave, the new president would inspect the parade and then read his inaugural address.

Closing prayer would be offered by 12:10pm and all guests would depart to the presidential villa for a luncheon scheduled for 1pm


The combined armed forces and police band is currently entertaining the gathering as more dignitaries enter the venue.

We observed that the security and logistics arrangements put in place is one of the best we've seen at government events in recent times.

Buhari inuaguration parade


Family members of Buhari and Osinbajo.


The traditional presidential inauguration Mercedes Benz arrive.



The combined band consisting of the Army, Police and others have just walked into the Eagles Square and are setting up their instrument. Military high capacity buses have also brought in Soldiers, Police, Navy and Airforce personnel who will carry out the inauguration parade.

Ushers are also here and are being assigned their assignment posts by planning officials on ground.

Based on the arrangements made by the inauguration committee, all guests attending the event have been directed to park their vehicles at the old parade ground in Area 10,  Garki, the parking lot at Ministry of Justice in Central Area and parking lots of The Transcorp Hilton and Sheraton Hotels.

Buses have been provided to convey the guests from these spots to the Eagles Square.

Immediately after the new President and his Vice are sworn in, guests would be transported to the banquet hall of the State House for a luncheon at 1pm.


Source: Premium Times


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