ABOUT 50 world leaders, including Ghana’s President John Mahama, are attending the historic event of the swearing-in ceremony of Nigerian President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, which takes place at the Eagle Square, Abuja today.
General Muhammadu Buhari defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in that country’s presidential elections on March 28.
The 72-year-old former military ruler, is the first opposition candidate to win a presidential election in Nigeria; never before has a sitting President been defeated in an election.
It was the fourth time that the martinet has sought the Presidency.
Nigerian media sources say security had been tightened ahead of the function, while a total of 2,000 personnel, including patrol vehicles and ambulance services, had been deployed by the road safety authorities to ensure free traffic flow.
Driving through principal streets in the city, one can observe buntings in the national colours of green, white, green, and erected giant billboards of the incoming President and his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
The federal government has declared a public holiday in connection with the event, which has been christened, ‘Democracy Day’.
Gen. Buhari’s All Progressive Congress (APC) beat the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of out-going President Goodluck Jonathan by more than 2.5 million votes.
The APC won 15,424,921 votes while the People’s Democratic Party PDP garnered 12,853,162 votes.
The former military ruler dominated the country’s north-western states, which have suffered most from attacks by Islamist militant group, Boko Haram.
A Muslim from Northern Nigeria, Buhari ruled as a military leader from 1984 to 1985, taking charge after a coup d’état in 1983.
He was deposed in a coup after about 20 months in office, and survived an apparent Boko Haram attack several years later.
From Samuel Nuamah, Abuja, Nigeria.