Bola Tinubu won the election in February 2023 with 37% of the vote, which is being challenged in court. At a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, the new president has taken office.
At the Eagle Square venue, which holds 5,000 people, the ceremony took place in front of world leaders and dignitaries, including President Akufo Addo of Ghana, President Kagame of Rwanda, and Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa. It was held amid extremely tight security.
Nigerians without invitations were instructed to avoid the ceremony, but a national holiday was declared.
Bola Tinubu, 71, won the election in February by promising to restore hope; but he faces difficult economic and security issues.
He succeeds Muhammadu Buhari, who served as president for two terms.
Despite the fact that Tinubu’s win is being challenged in court by his two closest rivals, Buhari still has his stance that the results were “credible” and the vote was “fair and transparent”.
Considering the significance of the occasion, dignitaries from across the continent attended the swearing-in ceremony in Abuja, the capital. Due to the fact that Nigerians anticipate swift action, Mr. Tinubu may not have much time to celebrate.
In the meantime, inflation is at its highest level in nearly 18 years, and the vital oil industry’s output is decreasing, resulting in one out of every three people losing their jobs. Tinubu revitalized Nigeria’s commercial hub during his two terms as governor, which was no easy task, and is well aware of the issues.
His partners say he will take the same technocratic and insightful approach to deal with running Nigeria, a large country of in excess of 200 million people. However, those who oppose the new president claim that he has lost the energy with which he vigorously modernized Lagos.
He has traveled abroad twice since the election, raising health concerns. In 2021 he went through months in London being treated for an undisclosed disease.
His associates are quick to remind everyone that US President Joe Biden is older, at 80, and that he has brushed off the criticism by stating that the position does not require the fitness of an Olympic athlete.
Yet, if the competitors who came next and third – Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi – in February’s official political decision have their direction, then Mr Tinubu may not be in power for extremely lengthy.
The election tribunal is expected to start hearing the main arguments on Tuesday and the outcome of the case should be known within the next six months.