BOLA Ahmed Tinubu has been sworn in as the president
of Nigeria. He is the fifth president since the advent of democracy in 1999 in
Africa’s largest nation by population and its biggest economy.
“I, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, do solemnly swear that I will not allow my
personal interests to influence my official conduct or decisions……so
help me, God,” Tinubu said as he was sworn in.
Kashim Shettima (56) took oath as the Vice President at the event held
in Eagle Square, the capital Abuja, on Monday
The inauguration of Tinubu (71), the former governor of the commercial
hub, Lagos State, precedes controversy.
His main challengers in the February 25 elections have disputed his
election in court.
They allege vote rigging and other irregularities catapulted the All
Progressives Congress (APC) candidate to power.
This followed the fiercest presidential election in the West African
Tinubu won 36,61 percent of the vote, ahead of former Vice President,
Atiku Abubakar (People’s Democratic Party, PDP), who secured 29,07
Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) polled 25,40 percent. Tinubu was born into a merchant family in Lagos.
He completed his tertiary studies in the United States and worked there
before returning to Nigeria in 1983.
His political career began in 1991 when he joined the Social Democratic
Party. He was governor between 1999 and 2007.
– CAJ News