Nigeria’s 7th consecutive democratic transition took place on Monday at the popular Eagle Square, Abuja.
Despite the tough screening measures embarked upon by security agencies, the popular Eagle Square located within the three arms zone in the heart of Nigeria’s capital city Abuja, was full to capacity for the installation of the country’s President and Vice President.
Dignitaries started arriving at the venue as early as 07:00 hours GMT, climaxing with the arrival of immediate past leader of the country, Muhammadu Buhari.
Shortly after his arrival, opening prayers were said by Imam Mohammed Kabir and Bishop Steve Adegbite.
Then came the swearing-in of Vice President Kashim Shettima by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwola; the Vice President was flanked by his wife Nana.
Soon after that, President Bola Tinubu took his oath of office, flanked by his wife Oluremi and former President Buhari and his wife Aisha.
The swearing-in was closely followed by the lowering of the National and defence flags, which were handed over to the new President by former President Buhari. The flags were immediately hoisted, signifying the change from Buhari to Tinubu’s government.
After that, President Tinubu was driven in a motorcade, to inspect the Officers and Men of the Armed Forces on parade, followed by march past in slow and quick orders.
Then came a display by the Nigerian Airforce, as well as a cultural dance by the national troupe.
At the end of his inaugural speech, the President was given three hearty cheers by the officers and men on parade, followed by a rendition of the national anthem, signalling the end of the historic event.