National Defence College Holds Inauguration Ceremony For Participants Of Course 28


The National Defence College is currently holding an inauguration ceremony for participants of the Course 28.

Performing the inauguration, the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), stressed the need for participants to contribute their quota towards addressing the nation’s security challenges.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of First Bank, Mrs Ibukun Awosika who was also in attendance, stressed the need for enterprise education.

This according to her, would ensure economic diversification and the overall development of Nigeria.

She also spoke about security, noting that the increasing migration of rural settlers to urban cities, if left unchecked will continue to pose security challenges.

Mrs Awosika, therefore, stated that the nation’s security challenges can be addressed through widespread development and deliberate structuring of economic opportunities.

Portfolios Of Women Who Made It To Buhari’s Cabinet

Top row (L-R): President Muhammadu Buhari, Maryam Katagum, Pauline Tallen, Sharon Ikeazu Bottom row (L-R): Gbemisola Saraki, Sadiya Umar Faruk, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Ramatu Tijani Aliyu,


President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated his long-awaited cabinet in Abuja.

The inauguration took place in Abuja on Wednesday. Right after the ministers were sworn in, the President assigned portfolios to all 43.

Read Also: Buhari Assigns Portfolios To Ministers (FULL LIST)

Here are the seven women who made it to the cabinet and their portfolios:

1. Sharon Ikeazu (Anambra) – Minister of State Environment.


2. Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara) – Minister of State for Transportation.


3. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu (Kogi) – Minister of State for FCT.


4. Sadiya Umar Faruk (Zamfara) – Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.


5. Pauline Tallen (Plateau) – Minister of Women Affairs


6. Amb. Maryam Katagum – (Bauchi) – Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment.


7. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed (Kaduna) – Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning.



It’s Worrisome Buhari Hasn’t Announced Cabinet, Says Odumakin

The Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin.


The Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for the delay in constituting his cabinet describing the situation as worrisome.

During an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday,  Odumakin decried the absence of a cabinet, 21 days after Buhari’s inauguration for a second term in office.

“I think that what is going on, 21 days (after the inauguration) and no announcement made yet, is worrisome.

“It is worrisome because when you look at South Africa when President Cyril Ramaphosa came into power recently, it didn’t take him a week to have his cabinet in place,” he said.

READ ALSO: You Cannot Remove Chief Judge, Kogi Court Tells Governor, Assembly

Odumakin, who is also Buhari’s former spokesman at the now-defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), also faulted the process the President used in retaining some appointees.

While noting that there are some portfolios don’t need National Assembly’s approval, he wondered why the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Chief of Staff to President, Abba Kyari and presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu among others have retained their positions without being reappointed.

“If the appointment that does not require going to the Senate is not being made and old people continue to function in a way that is not so legal, it gives (cause for some worry). Even the President himself did not rely on the oath he took in 2015, he had to take a new oath.”

LIVE: National Assembly Inauguration Commences In Abuja

The inauguration of the ninth National Assembly has commenced in Abuja.

The session is presided over by the clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori.

Clerk of the Senate later took a roll call of all the Senators-elect.

More to follow…

Inauguration: PDP Slams Buhari Over Failure To Address Nigerians

PDP Slams Buhari Over Inauguration Without Speech


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to address Nigerians at the Presidential inauguration.

According to the party, the action of the President shows that he and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are overburdened by the guilt of the rigged presidential election.

In a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP accused President Buhari of being insensitive.

It claimed, “Such also shows President Buharis insensitivity and the level of derision with which his handlers and party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) hold Nigerians, perhaps, given that the Presidential mandate they parade did not emanate from the people.”

READ ALSO: Osinbajo Thanks Saraki For ‘Not Doing Anything Funny’ Before Inauguration

The PDP insisted that the failure by the President to make any commitment at the ceremony has proven that “a product of a flawed electoral process” cannot serve the people or meet their aspirations under a constitutional democracy.

“The poor attendance and passivity of the audience at the ceremony at a time that Nigerians were trooping, in their millions, to the inauguration of state governors elected on the platform of the PDP, manifestly show,” it said.

The party added, “It is indeed pathetic that at a ceremony such as Presidential inauguration, where truly elected leaders address their people, make commitments and unfold their governance direction, President Buhari did not showcase his plans or commitment to the development of critical sectors of our polity.

“It also speaks volumes that President Buhari had nothing to say to the victims of mindless killings and acts of violence in various parts of our country.”

The President, according to the PDP, had no directions toward stemming the economic distress under his administration.

It stated that the challenges were the reasons why Nigerians were resorting to suicide and what it described as slavery mission abroad as options.

“In failing to address Nigerians, President Buhari turned the inauguration to a parody,” the party said.

It, however, urged Nigerians to take solace in its determination to retrieve what it said was its presidential mandate at the Tribunal.

Osinbajo Thanks Saraki For ‘Not Doing Anything Funny’ Before Inauguration


The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has thanked Senate President Bukola Saraki for not taking advantage of the power vacuum before the presidential inauguration.

He said this at a dinner which held on Wednesday at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, following the inauguration ceremony at the Eagle Square in Abuja.

“When I arrived at Eagle Square this morning, some may have noticed that the Senate President and I were enjoying a joke”, said Osinbajo.

He added, “He (Saraki) said to me jokingly `you better be careful, you know I am the acting President now; so, we thank the Senate President for not doing anything funny.”

[READ ALSO] Inauguration: PDP Slams Buhari Over Failure To Address Nigerians

He noted that there was no President or Vice President for about 10 hours, stressing that Senator Saraki was in charge of the nation’s affairs.

Professor Osinbajo, who explained that his first tenure and that of President Muhammadu Buhari ended on the midnight of May 29, was grateful that the event went smoothly.

He said, “Something interesting happened earlier today (Wednesday); I am a lawyer and a law teacher and I like to test and interrogate legal scenarios.

“At one minute past midnight today, the four-year term of the President and I ended by effluxion of time.”

“So, from one minute past 12 of last night, May 29 to about 10:30 am, when we were sworn in for a second term, there was no President or Vice President.

“Interestingly nothing went wrong, all was okay; when such a situation arises, it is the Senate President who acts as President,” the Vice President added.

The dinner had in attendance a former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), some members of the National Assembly, as well as chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also present are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, service chiefs, members of the diplomatic corps, and captains of industry, among others.

Earlier, the Acting Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mohammed Tanko, administered the oath of office on President Buhari and Professor Osinbajo for another four-year term.

Inauguration: We Will Never Surrender Our Freedom To Anybody – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike taking the oath of office as administered by the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyaye-Laminkara, which signalled the start of his second term at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says his government will never surrender the people’s freedom to anybody or entity.

He stated this on Wednesday during his swearing-in for another term of four years at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The governor said, “We are not a conquered people and we will never surrender our freedoms to anybody or entity, whether internal or external.

“We will therefore not accept to be subjugated to a headmaster and pupil power relationship; neither will we abandon the collective interest of Rivers State for the sake of political expediency.

“We are for the rule of law, democracy and mutual respect as autonomous State entities and co-building blocks of the Nigerian federation.”

READ ALSO: Buhari, Osinbajo Sworn In For Second Term

Wike whose second term begins today declared that he will always place Rivers State first in all his actions.

He also promised not to disappoint the people of the state, stressing that his administration is not in opposition to the Federal Government.

“For us, in all things, it is Rivers State first; Rivers State is the measure; Rivers State before others. This is the essence of the political mandate and burden that we will bear for the next four years and we will not disappoint you.

“We will continue to stand up for Rivers State and defend her interest, no matter the challenges or what comes at us,” he stated.

Wike took his oath of office to commence his second term in the presence of thousands of Rivers people and other prominent Nigerians.
Similarly, the Deputy Governor, Ipalibo Harry Banigo was sworn in for a second term.

Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyaye-Laminkara administered the oath of office for the governor and his deputy.

After mounting the saluting dais for the ceremonial police rituals, Wike drove in the ceremonial open roof Land Rover Utility Vehicle to exchange pleasantries with the jubilant crowd.

See photos below:


Inauguration: I Took An Oath To Build A Stronger Delta, Says Okowa


Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro on Wednesday took their oath of office, birthing their second term.

The event was held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Governor Okowa in an address after being administered the oath of office by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Marshal Umukoro, said that the oath he took was for him to build a stronger state.

READ ALSO: Buhari, Osinbajo Sworn In For Second Term

He scored his administration high in the management of human and material resources, disclosing that during his first term in office, his administration embarked on massive road constructions.

The governor also reeled out the achievements recorded during his first administration. He added that plans have been concluded for the construction of 19 more technical colleges to ensure that every local government area in the state has at least, one technical college.

According to Okowa, this will encourage skill development and the spirit of entrepreneurship among the people.

Business Leaders, Other Dignitaries Attend Buhari, Osinbajo’s Inauguration

Dignitaries at the inauguration ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV


Dignitaries including business leaders, political leaders, and foreign envoys on Wednesday attended the inauguration ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

The President and Vice-President were sworn-in at the Eagles Square in Abuja.

Business leaders including Femi Otedola, Aliko Dangote and Jim Ovia were at the event.

Also, some leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were present. Those in attendance include the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, and Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu were also at the event.

Some of President Buhari’s children were also present, including his daughter, Zainab who was spotted with her husband Ahmed Indimi.

READ ALSO: Buhari, Osinbajo Sworn In For Second Term

Jonathan, Obasanjo Absent At Buhari’s Inauguration


Former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo were absent at the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term on Wednesday.

Also absent at the Eagle Square, Abuja, where the ceremony held was former Military President Ibrahim Babangida.

While the three former heads of government were absent at what the government had said would be a low-key inauguration ceremony, former military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd) was among other prominent Nigerians, diplomats, top government officials, and politicians at the ceremony.

Read Also: President Buhari Sworn In For Second Term

Acting Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mohammed Tanko, administered the oath of office to the President at 10:42 am, shortly after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo took his oath of office.

Based on the Constitution, the President swore that as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria he would discharge his duties to the best of his ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He also swore that he would preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that he would not allow his personal interest to influence his official conduct or official decisions.

Wednesdays ceremony was also witnessed by members of the first families including the wives of the President Buhari and Osinbajo, Aisha and Dolapo, respectively.

PHOTOS: Ceremonial Parade At 2019 Inauguration

PHOTO: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun


The inauguration ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo held today at the Eagles Square in Abuja.

READ ALSO: No New Houses, Bank Accounts, Says Presidency As Buhari Submits Assets Forms

The event which was marked with a colourful ceremonial parade by the military, marks the beginning of a second tenure of the president.

See photos below…

PHOTOS: Buhari Presides Over FEC Meeting Two Weeks To Inauguration


President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Today’s meeting may be the last official gathering of the council as they would be holding a valedictory session next week Wednesday ahead of the presidential inauguration on May 29.

Channels Television observed that all cabinet members were in attendance while the council is expected to brief journalists on the outcome of the deliberations at the end of the meeting.

The FEC meeting held a prolonged session which ran till late in the night last week Wednesday.

See photos below: