Written by Godfrey AKON

Buhari sworn in for second term

President Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn in for a second term in office at a well-attended ceremony in Eagle Square, Abuja.

Buhari, who was accompanied by his wife, Aisha Buhari, took the oath of office on Wednesday May 29, 2019 at about 10:40am local time to rousing cheers from the audience.

Shortly before his inauguration, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was also sworn in for a second term as Nigeria’s Vice President.

Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Tanko, administered the oath of office on the President of the Federation and his Vice for another term of four years.

The event, which was devoid of speeches, was attended by top government functionaries including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, as well as members of the diplomatic corps and other highly placed Nigerians.

Meanwhile, security was biffed up in and around Abuja with several roadblocks mounted at strategic locations to forestall breakdown of law and order.

Along the Nyanya-Keffi expressway, several roadblocks were mounted, causing traffic gridlock which extended from Kugbo to Mararaba area and commuters spent several hours to shuttle from the area to the city centre.

Around the city centre, about 13 diversion points were created with men in police, military and para-military uniforms as well as plain cloth officers manning the entry points and exits.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters- Senate, Senator Ita Enang, who spoke to our correspondent on the side-line of the inauguration, assured that government would tackle insecurity headlong.

Enang also assured that the country was on course to the next level as government has already identified causes of security challenges in the country, adding that unemployment, low esteem, abandoned education, as well as the failure to take account of certain classes of people were causes of the problem.

“We have identified all of that; we have started working on it, I’m sure you will agree that most of those things are being addressed now. So, while we work towards providing and defending the country now from those are involved in this insecurity we are also working towards ensuring that we don’t create a new set of angry people who will take up arms against Nigeria,” he said.

Also speaking, a Member of the FCT Education Board, Mr Moniedafe Sunny, said the country was already on the next level as security situation in Abuja has improved.

Moniedafe recalled that several years back, there were bombings in Nyanya, Suleja and the UN building among others but the situation was no longer so.

He said the country enjoys true democracy right now as corruption is being fought and other national issues are being addressed, adding that what the country has achieved would be sustained in the next four years.

He explained that the failure of foreign heads of state to grace the inauguration ceremony was because the Nigerian President had chosen June 12 as democracy day and the foreign dignitaries would be invited on that day.

President Buhari was declared winner of the nation’s presidential election that took place on March 23, 2019 after defeating his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The March polls are however being challenged in court by the PDP and its candidate over allegations of irregularities.

 

 

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