The Presidency has confirmed that the inauguration ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari will hold on May 29 and not June 12 as speculated in some media.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said that despite recognising June 12 as the nation’s true democracy day, May 29 still remains the original date that the President was inaugurated during his first tenure as President.
“There is no truth in that report. As a matter of fact, we will soon issue a statement on it to clear the air. The President was inaugurated for his first term in office on May 29, 2015. He ceases to be President on May 29, 2019, if he is not inaugurated for his second term on that day.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no plan to shift the President’s inauguration to June 12. The inauguration will hold on May 29. Those claiming that the inauguration will be shifted to June 12 are only trying to cause confusion in the polity. It is not true.” Garba said.
Recall that in 2018, the nation’s Democracy Day changed from May 29 to June 12 of every year to honour the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola.
Meanwhile, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration would be done in very low key manner.
He made this known on Monday in Abuja, where he said that invitations have been sent to invited guests that would grace the occasion on May 29.
“The decision to have a low-key inauguration for the President was taken at the meeting of Federal Executive Council of Wednesday 8th of May, 2019.
“Invitations have been sent to all world leaders to attend the ceremonies marking the observance of the democracy day on June 12.
“Since the first observance of democracy day falls on an election year, and as a measure to sustain June 12 as democracy day, the celebration of the inauguration and the advancement of democracy in the country will now take place on June 12th.”