Buhari confers Nigeria’s highest national honours on Tinubu, Shettima
The outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday conferred Nigeria’s highest national honour, (GCFR) on President-elect Bola Tinubu, while his elected Deputy Kashim Shettima was also conferred with the second highest national honour, GCON.
Penpushing reports that the ceremony was held at the Banquet Hall, State House Conference Centre, and Abuja, where the President similarly handed the transition documents and the baton of service to Tinubu at the occasion.
The President-Elect while speaking shortly after receiving the transition documents, paid tributes to Buhari, adding that based on the details provided by the Chairman of the transition council, Boss Mustafa, the documents clearly enumerated the efforts of the past eight years.
Penpushing further reports that Tinubu who described Buhari as “Mr Democrat”, stated that no one can deny his (Buhari) contributions to Nigeria’s national development, and equally expressed his delight at taking over.
“I am full of pride to say that this moment is our moment. Our ways will not be smooth but we have faith in our collective abilities to confront the challenges that face us’, the President-Elect emphasized.
Penpushing also reports that he reiterated his belief in democracy and said nothing will deter the country from sticking to it, as he specially commend Buhari for correcting the injustice of the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election and the recognition and honour he gave to the acclaimed winner of the election, Moshood Abiola
“You have done your part and now a great duty will descend on me. I understand the honour given to me today and the magnitude of the task ahead. Whether you go to Daura or Niger or anywhere, you expect knocks on your doors. I shall not disappoint you’, Tinubu said.
Penpushing reports that Tinubu is expected to be will be sworn in as Nigeria’s president on Monday, 29 May, 2023,however, his election is still being challenged in court by some of his opponents including Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party(LP).
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