Posted on Mon 13 May 2019, 07:12 AM

Following media reports last week claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari would be inaugurated on June 12, the presidency has said that the Federal Government is not considering shifting the inauguration from May 29 to June 12

According to Punch, The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the clarification in an interview on Sunday.

He said, “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.”

Buhari had last year changed the nation’s Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12 of every year.

The declaration was part of the decision taken to honour the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola.

Abiola was honoured posthumously with the highest national honour of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic while his running mate in the election, Babagana Kingibe was honoured with the second highest national honour, Grand Commander of the Order of Niger.

 

 

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