President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria takes his oath of office for a second and final term in charge of Africa’s most populous nation. Today’s event is on the back of his re-election in polls held on February 23.
The event is slated for the Eagles Square in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. A number of African leaders are expected to grace the occasion.
Buhari was announced winner of the election having secured 15,191,847 votes against main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar’s 11,262,978 votes.
The vote slated for 16 February were postponed to 23 February, making the process even more tense. Buhari became only the second leader under the present constitution to be re-elected, the first was Olusegun Obasanjo, 1999 – 2007.
He run on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party same party that got him elected in 2015 becoming the first opposition leader to beat an incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan.
Today’s swearing in ceremony is going ahead despite a legal challenge to the results mounted by PDP and Atiku. They are seeking to overturn the outcome of the polls which they say was marred by irregularities.