President Bola Ahmed Tinubu takes baton of power from Buhari, calls for unity, nation-building

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu takes baton of power from Buhari, calls for unity, nation-building

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has urged Nigerians to set aside their political differences and join him on a new path of reconciliation, nation-building, and economic development as he takes over the baton of leadership from the former President, Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Tinubu pledged to be a president for all, regardless of history or political differences, in his inaugural address after taking the oaths of office and allegiance delivered by Chief Justice of Nigeria Kayode Ariwoola at Eagles Square in Abuja.

The president, who was dressed in the national colors of green and white, called on Nigerians not to let the country’s opportunity for greater prosperity pass them by.

Former President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife Aisha, the new First Lady Oluremi Tinubu, and other family members stood by in adoration as he took the oath.

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“Our constitution and laws give us a nation on paper. We must work harder at bringing these noble documents to life by strengthening the bonds of economic collaboration, social cohesion, and cultural understanding. Let us develop a shared sense of fairness and equity.

“The South must not only seek good for itself but must understand that its interests are served when good comes to the North. The North must see the South likewise.

“Whether from the winding creeks of the Niger Delta, the vastness of the northern savannah, the boardrooms of Lagos, the bustling capital of Abuja, or the busy markets of Onitsha, you are all my people. As your president, I shall serve with prejudice toward none but compassion and amity towards all,” Mr Tinubu said.

“To the surprise of many but not to ourselves, we have more firmly established this land as a democracy in both word and deed,” he stressed

The new Nigerian leader vowed to offer budgetary reform to stimulate the economy without triggering inflation.

“Second, industrial policy will utilise the full range of fiscal measures to promote domestic manufacturing and lessen import dependency.

“Third, electricity will become more accessible and affordable to businesses and homes alike. Power generation should nearly double, and transmission and distribution networks improved. We will encourage states to develop local sources as well.”

He further promised that: “Our government also shall work with the National Assembly to fashion an omnibus Jobs and Prosperity bill. This bill will give our administration the policy space to embark on labour-intensive infrastructural improvements, encourage light industry and improve social services for the poor, elderly and vulnerable.”

The President praised the Buhari administration’s decision to phase out gasoline subsidies, which he said would save the country at a time when resources are running low.

“We shall instead re-channel the funds into better investment in public infrastructure, education, health care and jobs that will materially improve the lives of millions.”

Before Mr Tinubu took the oath of office, the CJN administered similar oaths to Vice President Kashim Shettima.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by dignitaries including many presidents, prime ministers and other world leaders and diplomats.

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