By Andrew Onyejuruuwa
The D-day is here. President Muhammadu Buhari, whose re-election is being challenged in court by Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be sworn in today in Abuja. Across Nigeria too, 29 elected governors would all take oath of office to run the affairs of their different states for the next four years.
Earlier today and as early as possible, even though the government would want the public to believe that Nigeria is safe, all roads leading to the Eagles Square venue of the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari were blocked and manned by security operatives. Apart from the A-list guests, all other guests walked several kilometers to the venue. As part of the security measures for the event, military helicopters kept hovering above the venue, dashing off in routine patrols and returning intermittently.
At the gates leading to the venue, guests, irrespective of status, were subjected to multiple screening. The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo arrived at the venue at 9.45 am. National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon and other dignitaries were among those that arrived Eagles Square, the venue of the inauguration ceremony very early. Pundits had expected that Tinubu would stay back in Lagos to witness the swearing in of his stooge, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. But Tinubu, analysts believe needed to reassure Buhari of his loyalty.
Other dignitaries already seated at the venue include the outgoing governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State and former Governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola. The former governor of Osun State, Bisi Akande and a host of others.