All roads lead to the Eagle Square, Abuja today, as the attention of the world will be focused on Nigeria where the outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan will hand over the realms of power to elected President Muhammadu Buhari,
At the state levels too, the outgoing governors will hand over to elected governors, while sitting governors who won their re-election bids will be sworn in for a second time.
Stay with Ripples to get all the gists as they happen from around the country.
GEJ and wife arrive Otuoke
Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun sworn-in for 2nd term
Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom sworn-in as governor
Oshiomhole and wife at launch with visiting dignitaries
Former Governor of Rivers, Amaechi at Buhari’s inauguration
President Buhari and visiting world leaders @ lunch in Aso Rock
Nasir El-Rufai’s governorship inauguration , Kaduna
GEJ off to Bayelsa
We gathered that former President Goodluck Jonathan would fly the flagship of the presidential fleet codenamed “Nigerian Air Force 001” or “Eagle One” in an official capacity for the last time today.
After the inauguration, the aircraft will fly Jonathan to the Port Harcourt Airport, Rivers State, from where he is expected to be flown in a helicopter to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, en route a homeward journey in a convoy of cars to Otuoke, his hometown.
Zuma defies NANS, arrives for inauguration
South African president, Jacob Zuma is in town for the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari, in defiance of the warning by National Association for Nigerian Students (NANS) that he should not come to the country, because of the xenophobic attacks that took place in that country.
PSquare to put on a show
We hear twin hip hop stars are to perform at the inauguration ceremony today.
Police assure of security
The Nigeria Police Force has assured both Nigerians and foreign dignitaries of adequate security for the inauguration.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, explained that the police had deployed an anti-bomb squad as well as thousands of riot and conventional policemen nationwide.
According to him, operatives had been dispatched to various strategic parts of Abuja, including vulnerable areas, hotels and shopping plazas to ensure a hitch-free transition.
NSCDC deploys 55,000 operatives
Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps said it had deployed 5,000 officials in the Federal Capital Territory and 50,000 others across the states.
The NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Okeh, said that sniffer dogs and surveillance vehicles would be on duty throughout the period of the inauguration.
Abuja hotels sell out
Major hotels in Abuja have been playing host to foreign dignitaries and diplomats who are billed to attend the inauguration. Foreign visitors including journalists from different countries were seen checking into various four and three star hotels in the FCT.
Many of the hotels had a field day as thye had full complement of visitors without rooms to spare.
Fashola clears office on last dayin Alausa
Governor Babatunde Fashola cleared out his office on his last day in office at Alausa, the seat of power in the state.
US Sec. of States, John Kerry En Route to Abuja
World leaders arrive for inauguration
As at Thursday night, the aircraft of over 10 African countries had touched down at the tarmac of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Officials at the NAIA stated that the Presidents of the different nations were sighted at the presidential wing of the airport while countries, whose Heads of State could not show up, sent representatives.
The flags of the visiting countries were displayed on the airplanes.
President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, was sighted at the airport, and the advance teams of France and the United States were on the ground.
Other countries whose Presidents or representatives also arrived Abuja airport on Thursday included Togo, Angola, Lesotho, France, Ghana, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
More were still coming in.
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