Bola Tinubu assumed office as Nigeria’s president on Monday 29th May 2023 amidst an era of unprecedented challenges for Africa’s most populous nation.
This development has elicited a range of responses from citizens, with some expressing optimism for a better life under his leadership, while others remain skeptical about the potential performance of his government compared to the previous administration.
The inauguration ceremony held in the capital city of Abuja was attended by thousands of Nigerians and several heads of government.
At 71 years old, Tinubu takes over the reins of a country projected to become the third most populous nation in the world by 2050, alongside the United States, India, and China.
Having previously served as the governor of Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, Tinubu has made assurances that he will build upon President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to bring democratic dividends to the populace.
The nation has been grappling with severe security crises, widespread poverty, and hunger, leading to mounting frustration and anger among its people. Tinubu’s commitment lies in addressing these pressing issues and fostering progress for the nation.
He won the elections with just 37 percent of the votes, which marked the lowest percentage of any elected Nigerian president since the transition from military to democratic rule in 1999.
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