Read Who Will Lead American Delegation On May 29

Read Who Will Lead American Delegation On May 29

With 10 days to the inauguration ceremony of the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, Barack Obama, the president of the United States of America has unveiled the delegation that would attend the occasion.

Obama has named John Kerry, Secretary of State, to lead the American government delegation to the swearing ceremony slated to hold on May 29, 2015. Buhari together with his running mate, Yemi Osinbajo, will be sworn into office on that day.

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The U.S. State Department tweeted late Monday:

The @POTUS Twitter account will serve as a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him.

Other members of the delegation comprise the Chairman of the US House of Representatives Sub Committee on Africa, Chris Smith.

The U.S. President usually sends delegation to the presidential swearing-in ceremonies of friendly nations. It is usually under the leadership of the Ambassador in that country. But in exceptional cases, he makes senior public officials the head of the delegation to underline how the US greatly regards the country or the circumstances at a given point in time.

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Meanwhile, the level of excitement about the expected peaceful handover of power in Nigeria and the result of the polls itself have been widespread. President Goodluck Jonathan’s peaceful acceptance of defeat was also warmly welcomed around the world, especially in the USA, starting from its government to the business sector.

Some of the U.S. groups that have been displaying strong interest to attend the inauguration and forcing the U.S. administration to send a very high-powered delegation are the Atlantic Council, and the Constituency for Africa-groups identified to be very powerful in Washington DC.

There were speculations last week that Obama himself will personally attend the ceremony. There has been worldwide interest in Nigeria’s political handover from the Jonathan-Sambo administration to the Buhari-Osinbajo presidency.

The United States, which closely followed the polls on March 28, has particularly shown interest in the transition, with Mr. Obama considering sending Vice President Joe Biden, to lead his presidential team to Nigeria on May 29.

On his own part, the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, has promised to attend the inauguration of his successor.


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