The main headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers on Thursdday, May 30, are focused on the May 29 Inauguration Day as President Muhammadu Buhari and 29 state governors took oath of office.
Vanguard Newspaper on its front page runs the inauguration story with the headline Inauguration: Buhari Mum, As Govs Reel Out Promises.
The newspaper reports that 29 governors on Wednesday, May 29, made lofty promises during their inauguration as they took their oath of office across the country.
Their promises ranged from timely payment of salaries and pensions, fighting insecurity, improving the welfare of the citizenry, to ensuring equity and even development, among others.
It, however, notes that President Buhari unlike the state governors did not give inauguration speech.
The Guardian Newspaper on its front page runs a similar story with the headline Knocks As Buhari Fails To Make Inauguration Speech.
The newspaper reports that President Buhari broke with tradition on Wednesday, failing to address Nigerians after he was sworn in for a second term.
He had been expected to reel off his objectives for the next four years. Many guests at the Eagle Square venue in Abuja were apparently not impressed upon realising they would not be hearing from the leader, The Guardian notes.
“The failure by President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to make any commitment at the ceremony reinforces the truism that a product of flawed electoral process cannot serve the people or meet their aspirations under a constitutional democracy,” the newspaper quoted the PDP in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
ThisDay Newspaper also has an inauguration story as its front page story for Thursday, May 30. With the headline Muhammadu Buhari Sworn In For Second Term With High Hopes, the newspaper, quoting Garba Shehu, reports the reason while President Buhari did not give the inauguration speech.
Shehu said the inaugural address would be made on June 12, the new Democracy Day, which he said 91 foreign heads of government have indicated interest to attend.
The PDP, however, disagreed with Shehu saying Buhari failed to address Nigerians at the presidential inauguration because he and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), are overburdened by the guilt of the “rigged” presidential election.
The Nation Newspaper's front is not different from its peers. With the headline Buhari, Governors Take Oath Amid Hope For Better Days, the newspaper reports that there were promises from the 12 governors who received batons from their predecessors and the 17 returning governors.
The newspaper also noted that there were no speeches as it had earlier been announced that the May 29 celebration would only be for signing of oaths and inauguration for a new term.
"It is believed that the president would unfold his agenda for the new term on June 12, which has been designated as the National Democracy Day," the newspaper stated.
The Punch newspaper stands out among the rest as it focuses on the federal government's social safety programme, albeit alongside the inauguration story.
With the headline FG's Social Safety Programme Gulps N471bn In Three Years, the newspaper reports that a total of N470.8bn has been released by the federal government in the last three years for the implementation of its social safety programme.
It highlights various initiatives under the government's social safety programme and provides a breakdown of how the funds were spent within the stated period.
The newspaper also quotes the senior special adviser to the president on social investments, Maryam Uwais, who noted that going forward, a five-year road map had been designed for the social safety programme.
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