Kunle Awosiyan |
No fewer than 20 world leaders have arrived Nigeria to witness the inauguration of the new President Mohammadu Buhari.
The leaders are presidents or their representatives from various countries; include Namibia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Chad, Morocco, the Gambia and Guinea, Mali, Sudan, South Africa.
Other countries whose Presidents or representatives also arrived Abuja airport on Thursday included Togo, Angola, Lesotho, France, Ghana, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
The South Africa President Jacob Zuma arrived on Thursday. Hallmark also gathered that the US Secretary of State, John Kerry would lead the United States entourage to Eagles Square for the inauguration. That will accompanied Kerry is the basketball icon and Olympic Gold medalist, Hakeem Olajuwon.
Other members of the delegation are the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, and the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Department of State, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
Today marks a new dawn in the political history of Nigeria as a new president Mohammadu Buhari takes the mantle of leadership.
It is the first time an opposition party, All Progressives Congress would defeat a ruling party Peoples Democratic Party after 16 years.
More than 50 world leaders have signified their intention to witness the inauguration of the new president that will take place at the Eagles Square Abuja.
Similarly new governors would be inaugurated across most states in the federation except in Osun, Bayelsa, Edo and Ondo States.
In Adamawa, Bornu and Yobe States, APC governors would be sworn-in after they defeated their PDP counterparts in the last April 28, gubernatorial polls while PDP retained the Gombe State governorship seat.
Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Anambra, would swear-in PDP governors, except Imo State where Rochas Okorocha of APC would be inaugurated. In Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, APC governors would be sworn-in while Ekiti State would officially usher in Ayodele Fayose of PDP as the new governor.