Nigeria set for historic democratic handover to Buhari
Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari is preparing to formally take over as Nigeria’s elected head of state following his election victory in March 28 elections.
Buhari will attend a swearing-in ceremony in Abuja, the capital, on Friday after becoming the first Nigerian to oust a sitting president through the ballot box.
On Thursday, outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan hosted a dinner event at the state banquet hall in Aso Villa, the presidential villa, to mark his handover to Buhari.
Attending Thursday night’s event were former heads of state, representatives and presidents of various countries.
Earlier on Thursday, Jonathan, who as he entered his final week in office had offered up a prayer for the success of Buhari, showed the president-elect around his new quarters.
The 57-year-old took Buhari and his vice-president-elect Yemi Osinbajo on a tour of Aso Rock before submitting his formal handover notes.
Buhari, 72, takes over as head of Africa’s most populous nation, top economy and leading oil producer as it limps back to normality after fuel shortages that brought the country to a near standstill.
Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) accused Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of orchestrating the fuel crisis to scupper the transition.
But Jonathan told him: “Our administration has done its best to intervene robustly and impact positively on key aspects of our national life.”
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