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Nigeria – Boko Haram hit Maiduguri

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Boko Haram militants fire grenades into Maiduguri, kill 7

May 30, 2015Ola’ Audu

Hours after the new Nigerian president ordered that the country’s defence seat be moved to Maiduguri, Borno State capital, until Boko Haram is subdued, the insurgents on Friday night staged yet another deadly attack in the city.

Boko Haram terrorists fired dozens of rocket propelled grenades into the city in the night, killing at least seven people and injuring nearly 20 others.

A senior security operative confirmed that the insurgents, who could not pass through the barricades of sand walls and trenches dug around Maiduguri city, decided to fire from outside.

“Most of the RPGs they pumped into the town landed on civilian residential areas”, said the security source, who did not want to be named as he was not cleared to speak to press. “We recorded about seven deaths and 17 other persons were also injured. Many houses were affected, but two were seriously destroyed.”

Sources around Dala-Alamdari and Ngomari area, where most of the RPGs landed, said the shootings started at about 12:50am when the whole city was asleep.

Residents including members of the Civilian-JTF had to remain awake till day break even though the whole shooting subsided at about 3am.

Yahaya Garba, a mechanic who lives around Ngomari area of Maiduguri told PREMIUM TIMES, “We thought the town has finally fallen to the Boko Haram terrorists due to the intensity of the thunderous shooting that went on and on. We all had to come out armed with sticks, cutlasses and other weapons to protect ourselves while the soldiers battled with them outside the trenches.”

The military has yet to issue a statement on the incident.

However, the top security source who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES earlier said, “Everything has been brought under control.”

Residents were going about their normal businesses, as the military did not impose any restriction on movements despite the development.

Nigeria – President Buhari viws to crush godless Boko Haram

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New Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari promised on Friday to eradicate the “mindless, godless” militants of Boko Haram and rescue hundreds of women and children held captive, including 200 girls taken from the town of Chibok a year ago.
In his inaugural address as elected leader of Africa’s most populous nation and biggest oil producer, Buhari also painted a picture of an economy in crisis after a collapse in the price of crude, which accounts for the bulk of state revenue.
“The armed forces will be fully charged with prosecuting the fight against Boko Haram,” the 72-year-old former military ruler announced. A Muslim, he said the group was “as far from Islam as one can think of”.
“We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage,” he said. “This government will do all it can to rescue them alive.”
Hundreds of other Boko Haram captives have been freed by the military in recent weeks, but the Chibok girls, whose capture caused a global outcry, have still not been found.


Neighbouring Chad said its army had killed at least 33 Boko Haram militants and lost three of its own soldiers in heavy fighting on an island in Lake Chad on Wednesday.
Friday’s handover, following Buhari’s election victory in March, was Nigeria’s first democratic transfer of power. He inherits a host of problems from his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan, whose five-year tenure was marked by aimless security and foreign policy-making, as well as corruption scandals.
Depleted foreign reserves, vastly reduced oil revenues, corruption and the escalating cost of servicing debt had left the economy in “deep trouble”, Buhari said.


He made no mention of the naira currency, which economists say may be heading for another devaluation.
Importantly, he held out an olive branch to his political opponents in the oil-producing Niger Delta, saying his administration would continue to invest heavily in projects in the region that have underpinned an amnesty for militant groups there.

DOVES OF PEACE
Three decades after he first came to power in a military coup, Buhari’s swearing-in marks a remarkable turn-around from authoritarian ruler to democrat following his landslide victory.
His oath was followed by the release of dozens of white doves, symbolising peace. Many of Nigeria’s 170 million people interpreted it as turning the page on five years of disappointment and frustration under Jonathan.


“Jonathan was so bad, very bad. Now the incoming president will do something for us,” said Mutawali Bukar, a businessman from the northeast city of Maiduguri, the centre of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Thousands in Abuja’s Eagle Square chanted “Sai Buhari”, which means “All hail, Buhari” in the northern Hausa language.
The optimism is, however, tempered by the reality in which Nigeria finds itself. Much depends on Buhari’s choice of ministers, particularly in portfolios such as finance, internal security and oil.


“Now it’s time for the heavy lifting,” said Bismark Rewane, chief executive of Lagos-based consultancy Financial Derivatives. “Do you have the team that is respected by the international community, that has the pedigree and the background to deal with the management issues?”
Yemi Osinbajo, a Christian lawyer from the southwest region that includes Lagos, is vice-president, a deliberate counterweight in the religiously mixed nation to Buhari, who is from the predominantly Muslim north.


Although his roots are in the military, not economics, Buhari served as head of the Petroleum Trust Fund under Sani Abacha, another military ruler, giving him insight into the murky world of crude oil production.
Befitting Buhari’s modest style, there was little fanfare in Abuja before his swearing-in, with security checkpoints leading to Eagle Square and a few green and white national flags lining its main expressway.
The ceremony was attended by African leaders and foreign dignitaries including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
A senior U.S. official said Washington, which had strained ties with Jonathan’s administration, was ready to expand military cooperation, including sending advisers to help train Nigeria’s army against Boko Haram. “We have every indication that we’ll be able to start a new chapter,” the official said.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said London also aimed to increase its support, including in the area of intelligence. “We’ve asked the president, when he’s ready, to let us have a shopping list of the support that he wants,” Hammond said.


South African President Jacob Zuma was a notable guest, a sign of Pretoria’s desire to improve relations with Abuja after a series of diplomatic rows, most recently over a wave of attacks on foreigners in South Africa this year.
(Additional reporting by Felix Onuah, Isaac Abrak in Kaduna and Madjiasra Nako in Ndjamena; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Ed Cropley, David Stamp and Mark Trevelyan)

South Africa – Zuma won’t have to pay back a cent of Nkandla money

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 Zuma doesn’t have to pay back a cent – report

Despite the outcry over Jacob Zuma’s extensive upgrades to his Nkandla homestead, the police minister has found all upgrades were necessary.

 Police Minister Nathi Nhleko absolved the president of any wrongdoing in the upgrading of Nkandla in a 50-page report presented to Parliament. (David Harrison, MG)

President Jacob Zuma does not have to pay back a single cent of the R215-million spent on security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. 
In fact, more money will have to be spent for further security upgrades that were not completed due to the various investigations, which were an invasion of the president and his family’s privacy. 
Presenting the 50-page Nkandla report on Thursday, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko absolved the president and said the fire pool, animal enclosure, the amphitheatre [also called a soil retention wall], and the visitor’s centre were all security features, and some were even necessary. 
Read: Animal Farm has nothing on Nkandla briefing

This after the public protector Thuli Madonsela said in a report last year that Zuma had unfairly benefited from the use of state funds to renovate his home in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. 
According to the police minister, the swimming pool is the best source of water in case of fire, the kraal is a cultural necessity, and the visitors’ centre the most vital security feature and the amphitheatre, a ground retaining wall that also serves as the family’s emergency assembly area.  
In his report, Nhleko said the president was not liable to pay for any of the security features in question and more work, including installation of motion detectors, still had to be done.  
“It is noted that there are features or equipment recommended for the private residence of the president by security practitioners, which are not yet installed. Most of the installations have been halted due to ongoing investigations. One such example is the motion detection beams constituting the inner perimeter of the high security zone and the control room. The Pan, Tilt and Zoom camera monitors with recording capabilities are also not yet installed, however, such equipment is recommended in the SAPS security appraisal report. 
“The outstanding security related work at Nkandla should be funded and completed expeditiously, including the re-evaluation of the current physical security measures. In this instance, the laws and prescripts are to be followed to the letter. Both the Special Investigating Unit and the Parliamentary Committee report alluded to the urgent need for a new security evaluation to be conducted at the president’s residence in Nkandla.”
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said he did not know how much more money would have to be spent on Nkandla.
“We have to do careful review, together with the police based on their report, so that we don’t repeat the previous mistakes of wastage, overpricing and so on. But we remain to say, we will implement what has been recommended by those who are in security, to deal with the security of the president, the previous president and deputy president as is the norm. So no, we don’t know how much will have to be spent. We will just rely on the police, what they say needs to be reviewed and needs to be done.”
No conflict in investigating Nkandla

Nhleko, who said he did not feel conflicted at all about having to investigate Nkandla, and said all his report did was deal with the issues that were under dispute and it would then have to be scrutinised in Parliament.
He said the investigations were an unprecedented exposure of a president’s security detail and it would need security practitioners to analyse the extent to which the report contributed to continued manifest threats around the president and how such threats should be mitigated. 
“Never in South Africa’s history or anywhere else in the world has a president’s private residence been subjected to such intense public scrutiny. Therefore, the president and his family’s rights have been violated.”
The report was tabled in Parliament on Thursday morning and presented to media in the afternoon, complete with video demonstrations of the firepool and the cultural significance of the chicken run and kraal. 
According to the report, the fire pool, was the best water source that is available on site at Nkandla to replenish the fire engine. This was determined after a firefighting capacity test was done, “using the open water source, namely the swimming pool, on one hand and also using the fire hydrant that is linked to the water reservoir supplying household, on the other hand. 
“The local Nkandla and Umhlathuze fire and rescue services were requested to deploy their equipment such as suction pump with double outlet, monitors with water compression and stand. The suction pump could also be used to refill the fire truck getting water from the swimming pool.”
Nhleko said another feature, the Kraal, had significant spiritual and cultural value that extended beyond the storage of animals.
“Since the family kraal was located in the high security zone, the continuous use of the family kraal would interfere with the security motion detectors. It is recommended that the animals be relocated to the periphery of the homestead and outside the inner high security zone and within the outer perimeter security fence.”
According to the report, the visitor’s centre constitutes the most vital security feature and needed to be completed to the appropriate executive standard as soon as possible. 
“The visitor’s centre at Nkandla is strategically positioned such that it allows for the necessary security separation from private activities within family dwellings and the President’s official and public engagements at such a facility.”
Nhleko said the president was a head of state, even when he was home and needed to have a space to receive guests. With regards to the ampitheatre, he said the homestead dwellers were expected to be able to get to an assembly point as per emergency drills provided for in the SAPS security evaluation report.  
“In case of major security emergencies, security drills and demonstrations by law enforcement officers, as well as emergency services would be able to assemble for briefing and debriefing at this particular point.” 
The ANC office of the chief whip welcomed the report, and said they were “encouraged with the progress made in taking corrective steps against the civil servants who did not follow the rules and law thus placing the security of the president, his family and the state at serious risk.”
The Democratic Alliance, however, said the minister’s determination was an insult to South Africans.
“The DA will not allow the president to get away with the theft of public funds. We have, therefore, referred the matter to our legal team for the consideration of the rationale of Minister Nhleko’s determination, and our constitutional and legal remedies. With regard to the consideration of the report by the Nkandla Ad Hoc Committee scheduled to be resurrected early next week, we will await the terms of reference before making a decision on how to proceed. 
“The DA will vociferously fight for the terms of reference to include all relevant personnel who consulted with Minister Nhleko to come to this determination and we will not be forced to accept narrow terms of reference in a last-ditch attempt to make us complicit in this cover-up.”
Thulani Gqirana is the Mail & Guardian’s parliamentary correspondent.

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Can Buhari fix Nigeria?

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Can Buhari Fix Nigeria? – By Richard Dowden

Muhammadu Buhari, the new president of Nigeria, is starting from point zero. The country has all but come to a sudden halt. Schools, hospitals and the civil service have closed down. Shops have run out of goods. The street markets are empty. Most will not see the inauguration of the new President on TV. Much of Nigeria has been switched off.

For years these mobsters – and complicit politicians – have prevented Nigeria having its own oil refinery, making billions importing fuel and receiving a subsidy so that Nigerians can have cheap fuel (much of it is smuggled to neighbouring countries thereby messing up the economies of the region and depriving Nigerians of the real value of their oil). The oil bosses are now on strike, refusing to import fuel until the government gives them 200 billion Naira – about £6.5 billion. The government is offering 159 billion Naira. Until then Nigeria is halted. Will the lights and mics be on for the re-inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari? They may be in Abuja but will Nigerians elsewhere be able to watch it on TV?
I know they say that today’s Buhari is a very different man to the tough disciplined soldier who overthrew an elected but corrupt government in 1983. Then he had corrupt officials locked up and criminals shot on Bar Beach in Lagos. It was a scary time for Nigerians but most now admit they got up an hour earlier and made sure they were “on seat” on time. The streets of Lagos and other cities were suddenly clean and tidy when he ordered Saturday morning clean ups.
Buhari saw the epitome of the corruption of the previous regime to be the Minister of Transport, Umaru Dikko. He fled Nigeria and came to Britain.


At that time an Israeli company was building the Nicon Noga Hilton in Abuja and, as part of that deal, Buhari employed Mossad operatives to find and kidnap Dikko and bring him to justice in Nigeria. In July 1984 the Isrealis found Dikko in London and grabbed him outside his house in Bayswater. They bundled him in to a van, drugged him and put him in a crate accompanied by a doctor. The van drove to Stansted Airport. But police had been alerted and when the crate arrived Dikko was rescued and four Israelis and a Nigerian major were arrested and jailed.
A part of me wishes the old Buhari would re-emerge – just for a couple of weeks. Countrywide swoops could net the Big Men and what might fall out of their pockets if they were turned upside down could replenish the state coffers. If he had a few tried and shot on Bar Beach I would not wave a protest banner outside the Nigerian High Commission. The rape of a rich country which has one of the highest infant death rates in the world – 74 per thousand – is no small crime.
But there is no sign that President Buhari will do anything dramatic. He has had a lifetime to prepare for this job and he has gathered good people around him. His second coming to power in a peaceful and properly conducted election promises clean and better governance. But first he needs to change the prevalent mood of cynical selfishness in Nigeria. It is the opposite of the optimism and communalism that I find abounds in most of the rest of Africa.


So what does Buhari need to do? The immediate priority is energy for the economy. This is essential if the country is not to be held to ransom by the crooks. He must build – or rebuild – the oil refineries, regulate the energy sector and bring in investment and good management. But with the oil price hitting new lows, this is the perfect time to restructure the industry and look elsewhere for alternative energy sources for wealth creation.
Buhari’s vision must be a big one to inspire Nigeria’s billion people – two billion in 2050. A former general, a Muslim from the north, he has a reputation for simplicity of lifestyle and a straightforward management style. National confidence will help people invest and create jobs for a fair and prosperous future. He should be able to reinvigorate the army, demoralised by years of neglect, and working with Cameroon and Niger, destroy Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria.


First, he must reunite Nigeria. The North South divide has never been wider – not least because of the upsurge in militancy from Boko Haram. Nigeria has been steadily devolved in recent years, which is a good thing, but the centre must still hold so that no region is neglected and marginalised – a major cause of ethic and religious tensions.
Second, inspire Nigerians to be proud of their country and less cynical and selfish. I called the Nigeria chapter in my book ‘Look Out World’ because if it got its act together it could change West Africa, Africa and the world. As the biggest economy in Africa it can transform the rest of West Africa through trade.


Third, he must bring good investment and development to Nigeria – potentially one of the richest countries in the world. Nigeria has it all, extensive underused fertile land, almost every mineral known to man under its soil, easy physical access to markets east and west. Above all it has a dynamic, energetic young population hungry for a future. That means investing hugely in education, health and job creation.
Fourth, he must take the lead in the continent. When Thabo Mbeki ruled South Africa and Olusegun Obasanjo lwas president of Nigeria they were continent-wide leaders and could make stuff happen anywhere in Africa. Today the continent has no continent-wide leaders. Buhari has the opportunity to step forward into at least a region and hopefully a continent-wide role.


The prize of success is clear for all to see. So is the route. An African friend once (deliberately) misquoted Barak Obama to me: “Yes we can. But we don’t”. Buhari might also change that slogan: “Yes we can – and we will.”
Richard Dowden is Director of the Royal African Society.



South Africa – Derby-Lewis granted parole

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The terminally ill man who provided the gun that killed Chris Hani is to be out of prison by the end of next week.

 Clive Derby-Lewis was allowed parole because he has Stage 4 inoperable cancer. This photo is from 1994. (Gallo)

Clive Derby-Lewis, who provided the gun that killed SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani, should be allowed to go home on medical parole, the High Court in Pretoria ruled on Friday.
The conditions of his parole will be determined by Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha and the Medical Parole Board. This is with immediate effect. The prison was ordered to comply with the order by no later than June 5.
The respondents were ordered to pay the cost of the application. Judge Selby Baqwa went over one-and-a-half days of dense legal argument over whether the prisoner had Stage 3b or Stage 4 inoperable lung cancer, and whether he had shown remorse for his part in the murder of Hani.
He was denied parole on January 30 this year by Masutha, and his lawyers applied to the court for a review of the decision.


Derby-Lewis, who escaped the death penalty when capital punishment was abolished, has served over 21 years in prison. Doctors detected the lung cancer last year, while he was being treated after being stabbed in prison. Masutha turned down his parole on the grounds that his cancer was Stage 3 and not Stage 4. The prisons laws and regulations state that cancer must be at Stage 4 for medical parole to be considered.
His lawyer, Roelof du Plessis, insisted in the High Court in Pretoria that two out of three doctors had found signs of Stage 4 inoperable cancer and could not understand why the third on the panel of three specialists, a Dr Mike Sathekge, had not found the same.


  In an effort to show that Derby-Lewis had shown remorse, Du Plessis said there had been an invitation to Hani’s widow, Limpho, to visit him in hospital for a face-to-face apology. She has not taken up the offer. – © News24

Nigeria – Buhari sworn in as president

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CJN swears-in Buhari as President

  
President Muhammadu Buhari


 

Thirty one years after being ousted in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn-in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, as the new civilian President of Nigeria.

The inauguration of Buhari, a retired General, who won the March 28 presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, brought to an end the 16-year reign of the Peoples Democratic Party on the political landscape of the nation and the five-year Presidency of Goodluck Jonathan, who became President in May, 2010.

Mahmud swore-in Buhari, who became the Head of State in a December 31, 1983 coup that ended three-month second term reign of Second Republic President, Shehu Shagari, at 10.51am on Friday, marking the beginning of his four-year tenure.

The new President took his oath of office and oath of allegiance, watched closely by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who was stepping out of office, about 12 minutes after Prof. Yemi Osinbajo took his oath as the new Vice President.

Osinbajo replaces Namadi Sambo, who became the Vice President to Jonathan in May, 2010.

Jonathan and Buhari subsequently performed the official handing over ceremony by receiving and releasing the National Flag and the Defence Flag, to give authority to the new President’s office as the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

Several foreign Presidents and representatives of governments graced the occasion, held under the scorching sun at the Eagle Square, Abuja, which was filled to capacity. Some guests had to watch the ceremony standing.

Secretary of State John Kerry led the US delegation while notable African Presidents include Jacob Zuma of South Africa; Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe; John Mahama of Ghana; Yayaha Djameh of Gambia among several others.

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Nigeria’s President Buhari promises change at inauguration

  
A historic day for Nigeria as new president Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in
Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn in as Nigeria’s president, promising to bring “increased prosperity” to Africa’s most populous country.

He is the first opposition figure to win a presidential election in Nigeria since independence in 1960.

“I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody”, he told cheering crowds at the inauguration in the capital, Abuja.

He vowed to tackle “head on” the issues of corruption and the insurgency from militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
Mr Buhari, a former military ruler, has taken over from Goodluck Jonathan, who had been in office since 2010.

Godless militants’

At the inauguration ceremony at Abuja’s Eagle Square – Mr Jonathan handed over the constitution and national flags before Mr Buhari took his oath of office.

In his first speech as president, Mr Buhari reiterated his commitment to tackle Boko Haram, whom he described as “a mindless, godless group, who are as far away from Islam as one can think”.

Will Ross, BBC News, Abuja:

  

Nigeria”s new President Muhammadu Buhari rides in a motorcade while inspecting the guard of honour at Eagle Square in Abuja

President Buhari said Nigeria now had “a window of opportunity to fulfil her potential”

As soon as Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in the invited guests in Eagle Square rose to their feet, danced and sang their new president’s name. As he was then driven around in an open vehicle, people rushed forward to record the moment on their phones.

This was a time for celebration not just for supporters of the new leader but also for Nigerians who are proud that their country has witnessed this historic transition. By conceding Goodluck Jonathan steered the country away from violence. We will never know how close Nigeria was to the precipice.

Moments after Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in thousands of excited young men ran through the security barriers to Eagle Square and pressed up against the perimeter fence cheered their new leader. It was a stark reminder that so many in Nigeria are expecting change, including jobs, from President Buhari.

As Mr Jonathan is driven away I would not be surprised if he has a sense of relief and feels an almighty weight has just been lifted off his shoulders.

Mr Buhari also announced plans for the Nigerian military’s command centre to be moved from Abuja to the strategic north-eastern city of Maiduguri, which is closer to areas where the group operates.

He said Boko Haram could not be said to be defeated without rescuing the more than 200 Chibok girls, whose capture last April sparked a global campaign to bring them back home.

“This government will do all it can to rescue them alive,” he said.

Mr Buhari said the Nigerian economy was “in deep trouble”, identifying “insecurity, pervasive corruption… and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages” as key concerns.

The country’s power supply crisis was “a national shame”, he said, which had brought “darkness, frustration, misery, and resignation” to Nigerians.
Muhammadu Buhari in focus:

Muslim from northern Nigeria, aged 72

Military ruler of Nigeria from 1984 to 1985, deposed in a coup

Seen as incorruptible

Poor human rights record

Survived apparent Boko Haram assassination attempt

Profile: Muhammadu Buhari

Handing over the reins of power

Buhari’s to-do list

The president rounded off his speech with a quotation from Shakespeare, before issuing a final rallying call to Nigerians: “We have an opportunity. Let us take it.”

Among the guests at the ceremony were US Secretary of State John Kerry and African leaders including Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe.


Nigeria – Buhari inauguration as president

BBC

Muhammadu Buhari to be sworn in as Nigeria president

The winner of Nigeria’s presidential election in March, Muhammadu Buhari, is due to be sworn in as leader of Africa’s most populous country.

Mr Buhari is the first opposition figure to win a presidential election in Nigeria since independence in 1960.

He takes over from Goodluck Jonathan, who has urged his successor to unite the country in the face of the threat from Boko Haram militants.

Mr Buhari, a former military ruler, says he is a convert to democracy.

He defeated Mr Jonathan – who had been in office since 2010 – by 15.4 million votes to 12.9 million.

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Boko Haram, an Islamic group based in north-eastern Nigeria, has caused havoc through a wave of bombings, assassinations and abductions in recent years.

Besides tackling the militants, Mr Buhari has promised to stamp out corruption. Correspondents say he also faces serious economic problems, with falling oil prices slashing state revenues.

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Muhammadu Buhari in focus:

Muhammadu Buhari
  • Muslim from northern Nigeria, aged 72
  • Military ruler of Nigeria from 1984 to 1985, deposed in a coup
  • Seen as incorruptible
  • Poor human rights record
  • Survived apparent Boko Haram assassination attempt

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Nigeria 2015 Transition: History is made as Buhari Takes Over

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Following his victory at the recent Presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari would be sworn in as Nigeria’s president today.

He is taking over from Goodluck Jonathan who has led the country since the death of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2010.

His swearing-in makes history as Nigeria’s first switch of power from a ruling party to an opposition.

Mr. Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party has ruled Nigeria since 1999 when the country returned to democracy. Mr. Buhari belongs to the All Progressives Congress.

It will also be Mr. Buhari’s second time ruling Nigeria. He seized power through a military coup in 1983 but was toppled by another coup in 1985.

Our reporters are at the venue of the event and will bring you live updates and details from the venue of the ceremony.

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Theodore Nguema,  Equatorial Guinea president arriving Eagle Square for the inauguration.

Theodore Nguema-Equatorial Guinea president

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After all dignitaries arrive the Eagle Square, events proper will begin with an opening prayer by 9:55 am after which the swearing in ceremony will take place by 10am.

The swearing in ceremony would be conducted by the Chief Justice of Nigeria to be assisted by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court.

The President would be the first to be sworn in to be followed by the vice president.

Shortly after the outgoing president would congratulate the president and present copies of the Nigerian Constitution, The National and Armed Forces Flag to the incoming president.

After the presentation of the instruments, green and white balloons white pigeons will be released, followed by a 21 Gun salute.

After the salute, the former president and his vice would depart Eagles Square at about 10:55am.

As soon as they leave, the new president would inspect the parade and then read his inaugural address.

Closing prayer would be offered by 12:10pm and all guests would depart to the presidential villa for a luncheon scheduled for 1pm

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The combined armed forces and police band is currently entertaining the gathering as more dignitaries enter the venue.

We observed that the security and logistics arrangements put in place is one of the best we’ve seen at government events in recent times.

Buhari inuaguration parade

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Family members of Buhari and Osinbajo.

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The traditional presidential inauguration Mercedes Benz arrive.

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The combined band consisting of the Army, Police and others have just walked into the Eagles Square and are setting up their instrument. Military high capacity buses have also brought in Soldiers, Police, Navy and Airforce personnel who will carry out the inauguration parade.

Ushers are also here and are being assigned their assignment posts by planning officials on ground.

Based on the arrangements made by the inauguration committee, all guests attending the event have been directed to park their vehicles at the old parade ground in Area 10,  Garki, the parking lot at Ministry of Justice in Central Area and parking lots of The Transcorp Hilton and Sheraton Hotels.

Buses have been provided to convey the guests from these spots to the Eagles Square.

Immediately after the new President and his Vice are sworn in, guests would be transported to the banquet hall of the State House for a luncheon at 1pm.

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Security is tight in and around the vicinity of the Eagles Square. At the moment there are well over a thousand security personnel involving Soldiers, SSS, Polce, NSCDC, and many others.

Apart from the pavilions in the square, additional canopies and tents were provided both inside the main square and directly behind the grand stand.

Also large screen panels have been erected in and around the square so that guests can follow the event from wherever they are seated.

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