The Nation newspaper is reporting a very troubling story from Kano state where business owners and government institutions are already taking down the portrait of President Goodluck Jonathan several weeks before his handover.
Constitutionally, Jonathan’s portrait should adorn public offices and institutions until his handover on May 29.
According to the report:
… the portrait of President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, have taken over in many offices.
The development confirms many cannot wait for Jonathan to get out of office on May 29.
As a result, the demand for the portrait of Buhari has soared with each going for as high as N1, 500 on many streets of Kano.
It was gathered that manufacturers of the portraits have run out of stock after making stupendous money.
In one of the offices visited by our correspondent, Buhari’s portrait welcomes visitors at the reception.
With Buhari spotting a red cap, a spectacle and a white male flowing gown, the portraits has an inscription: His Excellency General Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), President Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria.
A café operator, who craved for anonymity, along Civic Centre Road where the portrait of the president-elect was conspicuously hanged on the wall, said: “Buhari has won the election and that was the change we were looking for and the change has eventually come.
“So, we wouldn’t want to waste time delaying the time for his inauguration before we start hanging his portrait.”