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Buhari sworn into office in unusual inauguration ceremony

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Buhari sworn into office in unusual inauguration ceremony

President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn into office on Wednesday for a second term as President of Nigeria in an inaugural ceremony unlike any before it.

Backstory: Ibrahim Muhammad, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, administered the oath of office on Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

No inauguration speech: President Muhammadu Buhari did not deliver a speech after taking the oath office, the first time a president has failed to do so in the history of presidential inaugurations in the country.

A possible explanation is that June 12 was declared last year as the new Democracy Day, and several events usually organized to mark the day have been moved to that new date. But there is something odd about delivering an inauguration speech two weeks after the inauguration – if that’s the plan.

Another unusual situation was that the only two surviving former Presidents in the fourth republic, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan were conspicuously absent at the inaugural ceremony.

So far, no explanation has been provided for their absence.


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