My fellow Citizens;
I stand before you honored to assume the sacred mandate you have given me. My love for this nation is abiding, my confidence in its people is unwavering, and my faith in God Almighty is absolute. I know that His hand shall provide the needed moral strength and clarity of purpose in those instances when we seem to have reached the limits of our human capacity. This day is bold and majestic yet bright and full of spirit, as is our precious nation.
Former president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari is billed to retire to his country home, Daura, Katsina state today after completing his two terms as the president of Nigeria. Buhari departed Eagle Square, Abuja for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport en route to his home state, Katsina with his friends and family members where he is expected to be welcomed in a grand style by his village men who are already waiting for him in Daura.
A chieftain of All Progressive Congress, APC, James Faleke who is believed to be an interim Tinibu spokesperson has disclosed that President Tinibu will unveil his cabinet members within eight (8) weeks after his inauguration. Faleke stated this today during the swearing-in of his boss, Asiwaju at Eagle Square while entertaining questions from media men. He was asked whether Nigerians should expect cabinet members from Tinibu anytime soon. Faleke said, “Of course, within 60 days, that’s what the law says. He can announce anytime, but I know he must do it within 60 days.”
President Muhammadu Buhari, in his farewell broadcast to Nigeria ahead of Monday’s inauguration, said he is leaving Nigeria better than in 2015. During the live broadcast at 7 am on Sunday, Buhari stressed that he felt fulfilled that he had placed Nigeria on the path of transformation and development. He appreciated Nigerians’ support for him in the past eight years. Buhari specially thanked Nigerians for their prayers when he was ill during his first term in office.
Senators and members of the House of Representatives will be sharing a total of N30.2 billion as severance allowance when the 9th National Assembly winds down next month, Also to benefit from the said sum are aides of the federal lawmakers. Severance package or gratuity is money paid to lawmakers and their aides at the end of their four-year tenure. The amount in question is already captured in the 2023 Appropriation Act passed by the National Assembly and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and his Labour Party counterpart, Peter Obi, will call about 150 witnesses to prove their cases against the conduct and outcome of the February 25 presidential election. The President-elect and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu; his deputy, Kashim Shettima; the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission have proposed 39, 21, 25 and two witnesses, respectively.
The Supreme Court on 26th May 2023, dismissed the suit by the People's Democratic Party (PDP) seeking the disqualification of President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and its Vice Kashim Shettima, due to double nomination. The PDP, in the suit, had claimed that Shettima’s nomination as Tinubu’s running mate was in breach of the provisions of sections 29(1), 33, 35, and 84(1)(2) of the Electoral Act, 2022. The opposition argued that Shettma violated the Electoral Act by allowing himself to be nominated twice for two different offices Borno Central Senatorial district and Vice President.
Adequate security measures have been put in place in Daura, hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina State, ahead of his return. President Buhari, who will exit power next week upon the completion of his second term in office, is expected to return to Daura after handing over to President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Residents of Daura town who have enjoyed being in the spot light since President Buhari assumed office are highly anticipating his return. The Daura Emirate Council is planning a grand durbar, a traditional horse-riding event, in honour of Buhari, also known as Bayajidda II.
The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) had on 22nd May 2023, dismissed the call for live broadcast of proceedings by the presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and the presidential candidate of Labour Pary (LP) Peter Obi, against the election and declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the last presidential election. Citing section 36 of the Nigerian constitution, a five-member panel of court led by Mr. Haruna Tsammani held that fair hearing of court proceedings “does not amount to conducting court sittings on television or in a stadium.”
The federal government has directed the restriction of movements around the Eagle Square, the venue of the inauguration parade, from 2 p.m. on Friday till Tuesday. The FG in a circular issued by Ngozi Onwudiwe, a permanent secretary at the Head of the Civil Service, said the Federal Secretariat Complexes Phases I, II, III, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be cordoned off by security operatives ahead of the ceremony. “As you may be aware, the Presidential Transition Council (PTC) has unveiled the activities marking the 2023 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony. The Inauguration Parade and Swearing-in of President-Elect, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, which is the climax of the Programme will take place on Monday, 29th May 2023 at the Eagle Square, Central Business District, Abuja.
The Supreme Court has affirmed the victory of Governor Ademola Adeleke at the July 16, 2022, Osun state governorship poll. While delivering judgment on Tuesday, a five-member panel of the apex court led by Justice John Inyang Okoro, held that the court of appeal correctly reinstated Adeleke as governor.
The Nigerian Senate has rescheduled its resumption to May 2, Clerk of the Senate, Chinedu Akubueze, said on Friday. Mr Akubueze made the announcement in a statement in Abuja. The Red Chamber of the National Assembly (NASS) had, on April 5, adjourned plenary to April 25 for Easter and Sallah holidays. “This is to inform all distinguished senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the resumption of the Senate in plenary has been rescheduled from Tuesday, April 25 to Tuesday, May 2,” Mr Akubueze announced.