Tinubu, Nigeria’s 16th President, Governors Take Oath Of Office

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All is set for president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to be sworn in today as the 16th president of the federal republic of Nigeria.


Tinubu who is succeeding outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari will take his oath of office at the Eagle Square alongside vice president-elect, Kashim Shettima, while 28 governors, 18 of them newly elected, will be sworn in in their respective states.

The change of leadership is coming amid a debt crisis and post-election challenges the new central and state governments would have to grapple with as they hit the ground running.

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The newly elected governors who will be taking their oath of office today are Alex Otti of Abia State; Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State; Hyacinth Alia of Benue State; Bassey Otu of Cross River State; Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State; Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi State; Peter Mbah of Enugu State; Umar Namadi of Jigawa and Uba Sani of Kaduna State.


Others are Abba Kabir Yusuf, Kano; Dikko Umar Radda, Katsina; Nasiru Idris, Kebbi; Mohammed Umar Bago, Niger State; Caleb Mutfwang, Plateau State; Siminialayi Fubara, Rivers; Ahmed Aliyu, Sokoto; Kefas Agbu, Taraba, and Dauda Lawal, Zamfara.

Re-elected governors who will also take fresh oaths of office for their second terms are Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State; Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State; Babagana Zulum of Borno State; Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe; Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State; Babajide Sanwo- Olu of Lagos State; Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State; Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.


Tinubu is assuming office today as Nigeria’s 16th president since 1960 and the 5th elected president since the return of democracy in 1999.

With a public debt of N77 trillion if the N23 trillion loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are secured, the new president will however inherit a huge debt burden and a country divided along ethnic-religious lines.


According to KPMG, Nigeria’s unemployment rate rose to 37.7per cent in 2022, a figure that is projected to further rise to 40.6 per cent due to the continuing inflow of job seekers into the job market.


Poverty Index survey reveals that 63 percent of persons living within Nigeria (133 million people) are multidimensionally poor.


Tinubu will also inherit thoroughly degraded education, health and aviation sectors due to years of poor funding and strikes, culminating in skilled labour flight.


He will also battle with security challenges that escalated after the general election.





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