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Buhari pledges to leave legacies during swearing-in

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo were yesterday sworn in for a second term in office. 

The ceremony took place at Eagle Square, Abuja, almost the same time as similar exercise was going on in 29 among the 36 states of the federation, where 17 governors-elect took their second term oaths while 12 others were sworn in for their first term in office.

Both the president and vice-president, who took their oaths of office around 10.15 am from Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Mohammed, arrived the venue with their wives, Aisha and Dolapo, respectively, less than 30 minutes earlier.

President Buhari and his vice also took the oath of allegiance to reiterate their resolve not to allow their personal interests to influence their official decisions, as demanded by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They equally swore to abide by the Code of Conduct contained in the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

But Buhari surprised many when he went back to his seat among other top dignitaries at the reserved area without making any inaugural address as customary during swearing-in ceremonies.

However, the president expressed gratitude to Nigerians while soliciting support and understanding of traditional and religious leaders across the states of Nigeria in what he called “the task of securing the country and maintaining peace,” pledging to bequeath enduring legacies to the country if given the maximum support of all stakeholders in Nigeria’s polity in the second term of office.

Soon after President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo were sworn-in, both National and Defence flags were lowered and hosted amid 21-gun military salutes, to signify the beginning of a new political dispensation, before the president proceeded to inspect a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of Brigade of Guards.

Although low-key with many foreign leaders and past Nigerian presidents absent, one-time Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon, Former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and other party chieftains were present.

Other dignitaries at the event were service chiefs, members of diplomatic corps, former Federal Executive Council (FEC) members, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), and Dr. Boss Mustapha as well as captains of industry among others.

A number of State governors, mainly those of APC hue, also graced the swearing in ceremony.

They were heralded by a military band on stand-by which had earlier received service chiefs and Justice Mohammed as they arrived.

In an apparent readiness to forestall an alleged plot to disrupt the inauguration, security was beefed up around Eagle Square, with the three streets leading to nearby three-arm zone cordoned off to traffic by security agents on red alert.

The president and his vice had on Tuesday evening, disclosed that in accordance with existing laws, they submitted their assets declaration forms with the relevant institutions, with a release from presidency showing that there are no new houses, no new bank accounts at home and abroad and there are no new shares acquired.

It will be recalled that Buhari and Osinbajo, who were first inaugurated as President and Vice-President of Nigeria on May 29, 2015, declared winners of last February 27 presidential elections by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to Returning Officer and INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of Peoples Democratic Party, who had 11,262,978 votes.

In Lagos, immediate former governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode handed over to Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu at a brief ceremony devoid of elaborate activities in a brief ceremony at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Island.

The event also saw the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat taking his oath of office after which Sanwo-Olu, acknowledged cheers from the crowd in a parade on a motorcade, with traditional dancers adding more pomp.

The new governor pledged to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessors to be able to take Lagos state to the next level.

In Abeokuta, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) of Ogun State, Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, handed over documents containing details of the state of affairs to the Gov. Dapo Abiodun to bring immediate past governor of the state, Ibikunle Amosun’s eight-year tenure to an end yesterday.  Amosun was conspicuously absent from the ceremony held at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan.

Reports from other parts of the federation indicate that Ahmed Umar Fintiri was sworn in as governor of Adamawa State as Bala Muhammed  also was sworn in as governor of Bauchi State. Babagana Umara Zulum also sworn in as governor of Borno State as similar event in Gombe saw Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya sworn in as governor of Gombe State. Former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha was sworn in as governor of Imo State where about 10 people were injured in a stampede that ensued at Dan Anyiam Stadium Owerri during his inauguration.

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq also sworn in as governor of Kwara State, as well as Abdullahi Sule was sworn in as governor of Nasarawa State. Seyi Makinde got the reins as governor of Oyo State as Mai Mala Buni  was sworn in as governor of Yobe State while Muhammad Mutawalle was sworn in as governor Zamfara State.

In Kaduna State, Gov Nasiru el-Rufai was also sworn in at a ceremony that took place at Murtala Mohammed Square Kaduna where he said that his government is for everybody who lives in Kaduna State.

Meanwhile, Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his swearing in for second term in office.

Commending the president for tireless efforts to get Nigeria on a solid economic base, the governor called on him to make life better for all Nigerians in this second term, in keeping with his blueprint of take the country to next level of development irrespective of tribe, religion and political affiliation.

Gov. Obiano also used the opportunity to felicitate with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on his inauguration for second term in office during a ceremony held at Michael Okpala Square Enugu yesterday.

The governor urged Ugwuanyi to consolidate on his earlier achievements for Ndi Enugu through more good works.

Represented by Deputy Governor Nkem Okeke, he stated that Governor Ugwuanyi really worked for Enugu people in his first term, and called on him to use the second opportunity given to him by the people to serve them better.

Earlier in his address, the Enugu state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi thanked the people of Enugu state for voting massively during the last governorship election, promising to reciprocate their gesture through good governance.

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