The President of the Republic attended on May 29 the inauguration of the new President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the leader of the coalition All Progressive Congress (ACP), Muhammadu Buhari, who replaced Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Approximately thirty heads of State and Government of the African continent and personalities from other nations of the world, including the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and Chairman of the CEMAC (Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa), Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, were invited by the Nigerian Government to share these moments of joy with the people of the nation.
In addition to the inauguration of the new president and the dismissal of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the Independence Day of Nigeria was also commemorated.
Muhammadu Buhari, leader of the ACP party, was the winner of the presidential elections held on March 28 this year, in which he won 53.2% of votes compared to 43.6% of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) of the outgoing president.
The elected president, 72, was born in Katsima and already held the office of Head of State from January 1984 to August 1985. Buhari is a retired army general, and came to power at a critical time for Nigeria’s security due to threats from the terrorist group Boko Haram and return to arms by the rebels of the Niger Delta.
Recognized as an honest man and unforgiving against corruption, Mohammadu Buhari promises to eliminate the jihadists in the north and retrieve the honor of the troops.
The Head of State of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville, attended the event, as well as African leaders and as mediators of the ECCAS in the republics of Nigeria and Ghana, a mission that was entrusted to them during the regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of State of the Council for Peace and Security in of Central Africa, held in the city of Yaounde (Cameroon), on February 16, 2015.
During the handover ceremony, the leaders present congratulated the outgoing President, Goodluck Jonathan, for the work accomplished during his tenure, a period that was rated as difficult. They also congratulated the incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari, on his victory in the elections and wished him success.
At the end of the ceremony which took place in the stadium in the capital, Abuja, and was enlivened by Nigerian artists of renown, the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, returned home after spending 48 hours in Nigeria, and was seen off by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Linus Awute; Extraordinary Ambassador and Plenipotentiary of our country in Abuja, Job Obiang Esono Mbengono; Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria accredited in our country, Adadou Eche, and consuls of Equatorial Guinea in Lagos and Calabar.
Text: Maria Jesus Nsang Nguema
Photos: Manuel Mangue
(Presidential Press Team)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office