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Nigeria2015 Transition: History is made as Buhari Takes Over – LIVE UPDATES

Following his victory at the recent Presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari would be sworn in as Nigeria’s president today.
He is taking over from Goodluck Jonathan who has led the country since the death of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2010.
His swearing-in makes history as Nigeria’s first switch of power from a ruling party to an opposition.

Mr. Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party has ruled Nigeria since 1999 when the country returned to democracy. Mr. Buhari belongs to the All Progressives Congress.
It will also be Mr. Buhari’s second time ruling Nigeria. He seized power through a military coup in 1983 but was toppled by another coup in 1985.
Our reporters are at the venue of the event and will bring you live updates and details from the venue of the ceremony.
President Buhari now presenting his a inaugural address.


Accreditation of journalists for Mr. Jonathan's homecoming ongoing at the state's Ministry of Information. Officials say "only 60" journalists will be accredited for the event.
Mr. Jonathan is expected to arrive in Yenagoa by 3 p.m., a ministry official said.
The crowd outside the Eagle Square have begin throwing objects at the squad pushing them back, but the soldiers are so far maintaining their cool and not using force.

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The sequence of events for the inauguration of Plateau State Governor elect commenced at about 11: 07 a.m.
The outgoing Governor Jonah Jang is absent and is being represented by his deputy, Ignitus Longjan, in what is reminiscent of Mr. Jang’s inauguration ceremony.
In 2007, the then Deputy Governor, late Michael Botmang, handed over power to Mr. Jang.
The state’s House of Assembly members elect are stranded as they arrived the venue after the governor elect was seated.
They were not recognized and have not been given a place to seat. They are still hanging in a coaster bus which brought them to the venue.
An APC Camel is also attending the swearing in ceremony.
President Muhammadu is now releasing white pigeons and balloons.
This would be followed by a 21 Gun salute. Guests at the square have been advised not to panick. Meanwhilethe crowd outside continue to chant Said Baba
Crowd outside the Eagle Square after overpowering security agents.
As Goodluck Jonathan and Sambo prepare to depart Eagle Square the thousands of youth gathered near the Federal Secretariat. They overpowered the security and have made their way to the square.
They have however chosen to stand behind the fence to watch proceedings.
Nigeria has successfully transitioned. Muhammadu Buahri and Yemi Osinbajo are now officially the President and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Their starts from Now. They will be in charge for the next four years.
Muhamadu Buhari has been sworn in as the new President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was sworn in at exactly 10:46am on Friday May 29, 2015.  
Buhari taking oath of office
Now is the turn of Muhammad Buhari to be sworn in as President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces for the second time in his life.
Outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan has now been invited to the podium and is joined by the President elect Muhammadu Buhari as the Eagles Square erupt in jubilation and rounds of applause by the audience.
Buhari's wife Aisha, also joined the party.
After signing the dotted lines, Osinbanjo is now the Vice President of Nigeria.
First to be sworn in is Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo. He was escorted to the podium by his wife. He has already taken his oath of office and that of allegiance.
The Chief Registrar was the first to mount the stage after which he invited the CJN to join him as they prepare the documents for administering oaths on the President and Vice President.
The CJN Mahmud Mohammed and Chief Registrar Ahmed Saleh have now been called to take their positions to perform the swearing-in of President Buhari and his Vice, Osinbajo.
Opening prayers are now being offered by FCT Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Peter Akanji, on behalf of CAN president Ayo Oritsejafor.  The deputy Chief Imam of the national Mosque,  Ibrahim Bakari, offered the Muslim prayer.
Swearing in is next.


Delegations from Niger Republic, China and Republic of Korea (South) formed the large number of guests that are witnessing the ongoing swearing in of Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam in Damaturu the state capital.
Gaidam is being sworn in for the second time after his first election in 2011.
Outgoing Yobe Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, on a ride while inspecting the military parade.
President Goodluck Jonathan has finally  arrived at the Eagles Square. Any moment from now Messrs. Buhari and Osinbajo would be sworn in.


In the streets of Yenagoa, there is no visible evidence that Mr. Jonathan would be returning to his home state - no flagpost banners along major roads and no billboards by political support groups.
However, at the venue of the reception, opposite the Bayelsa State Government House, hundreds of women have already gathered.
Muhammadu Buhari is yet to take his seat as he is going round the state box to greet  guests.


Unlike many states across Nigeria, there is no handover ceremony in Bayelsa State, but the outgoing President, Goodluck Jonathan, will be hosted to a civic reception in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Mr. Jonathan will first be received at Government House Helipad, Yenagoa, by Governor Seriake Dickson and top government officials, followed by the civil reception at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre.
The President will then proceed to his hometown in Otuoke where he will be received by Chiefs and his kinsmen.
PREMIUM will be bringing you live updates of Mr. Jonathan's reception events from Yenagoa and Otuoke.
President elect Muhammad Buhari arrived Eagles Square at exactly 9:40 a.m. the time of his arrival as stated in the programme of events.
Outgoing Vice President Namadi just arrived and is already standing on the stage ready to take salute but the musician at the other stage is not aware and kept singing.
Theodore Nguema,  Equatorial Guinea president arriving Eagle Square for the inauguration.
Theodore Nguema-Equatorial Guinea president
After all dignitaries arrive the Eagle Square, events proper will begin with an opening prayer by 9:55 am after which the swearing in ceremony will take place by 10am.
The swearing in ceremony would be conducted by the Chief Justice of Nigeria to be assisted by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court.
The Vice President would be the first to be sworn in to be followed by the President.
Shortly after the outgoing president would congratulate the president and present copies of the Nigerian Constitution, The National and Armed Forces Flag to the incoming president.
After the presentation of the instruments, green and white balloons white pigeons will be released, followed by a 21 Gun salute.
After the salute, the former president and his vice would depart Eagles Square at about 10:55am.
As soon as they leave, the new president would inspect the parade and then read his inaugural address.
Closing prayer would be offered by 12:10pm and all guests would depart to the presidential villa for a luncheon scheduled for 1pm
The combined armed forces and police band is currently entertaining the gathering as more dignitaries enter the venue.
We observed that the security and logistics arrangements put in place is one of the best we've seen at government events in recent times.
Buhari inuaguration parade
Family members of Buhari and Osinbajo.
The traditional presidential inauguration Mercedes Benz arrive.
The combined band consisting of the Army, Police and others have just walked into the Eagles Square and are setting up their instrument. Military high capacity buses have also brought in Soldiers, Police, Navy and Airforce personnel who will carry out the inauguration parade.
Ushers are also here and are being assigned their assignment posts by planning officials on ground.
Based on the arrangements made by the inauguration committee, all guests attending the event have been directed to park their vehicles at the old parade ground in Area 10,  Garki, the parking lot at Ministry of Justice in Central Area and parking lots of The Transcorp Hilton and Sheraton Hotels.
Buses have been provided to convey the guests from these spots to the Eagles Square.
Immediately after the new President and his Vice are sworn in, guests would be transported to the banquet hall of the State House for a luncheon at 1pm.
Security is tight in and around the vicinity of the Eagles Square. At the moment there are well over a thousand security personnel involving Soldiers, SSS, Polce, NSCDC, and many others.
Apart from the pavilions in the square, additional canopies and tents were provided both inside the main square and directly behind the grand stand.
Also large screen panels have been erected in and around the square so that guests can follow the event from wherever they are seated.

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