- The most populous country in Africa, Nigeria, now has a new president and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Bola Ahmed Tinubu
- Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state, will steer the ship of the country for the next four years
- The 71-year-old was inaugurated as Nigeria’s 16th president on Monday, May 29, at the Eagle Square in the nation’s capital city, Abuja
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Kayode Ariwoola, at Eagle Square, in Abuja on Monday, May 29, 2023, administered the oath of office.
With Monday’s development, Tinubu becomes Nigeria’s fifth president since the return of democracy in 1999.
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Tinubu, 71, succeeds Muhammadu Buhari, who spent the constitutionally-allowed two-term in office after receiving strong support from the new Nigerian leader.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled a total of 8,794,726 votes to defeat his closest rival of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, who polled a total of 6,984,520 votes in the election, while Peter Obi of the Labour Party came third in the election with a total of 6,101,533 votes and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP came fourth with 1,496,687 votes.
"Nigeria has never had an election of a better quality than 2023's": Tinubu
Giving his inaugural speech, President Tinubu said Nigeria has never had an election of better quality than the 2023 presidential poll.
He stated that the election that brought him to power was keenly-contested, adding that it "was fair and credible".
Furthermore, he thanked his supporters and those who did not vote for him.
Buhari jets off to Daura after handing over to Tinubu
Meanwhile, following the swearing-in of Tinubu, former President Muhammadu Buhari has left Abuja.
Buhari and his wife, former Nigeria's First Lady, left for his hometown in Daura, Katsina state.
Tinubu's close ally Faleke reveals when new president will unveil his ministers
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), James Faleke revealed when Tinubu would unveil his ministers.
Faleke disclosed that the new Nigerian leader will unveil his ministers within 60 days after his inauguration on Monday, May 29.