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FG rolls out transition plans

by CredibleNews

Details of activities for the May 29 inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for second term and the first observance of June 12 as the nation’s Democracy Day have been unfolded by the Federal Government.

At  a World Press Conference in Abuja, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture who is also the Chairman of the media sub-committee of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, said  the two days would be public holidays, while foreign dignitaries would be invited to the June 12 Democracy Day and not May 29 Inauguration.

Ministers of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu; Solid Minerals, Alhaji Bawa Bwari; Defence, General Mansur Dan Ali; Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyema and some other top government officials were  present at the conference

President last year declared June 12 as Democracy Day and a national holiday in commemoration of the June 12, 1983 Presidential election won by the late business mogul, Bashorun Kashimawo Olowale (MKO) Abiola. The election which is still adjudged as the fairest and freest in the annals of Nigeria’s political his was however annulled by the then military president, General Ibrahim Babangida.

The Minister gave the  outline of the program for May 29 Inauguration: “Activities leading to the inauguration of Mr. President officially kicks off today, May 20th, with this press conference. This will be followed of Tuesday, May 21st, by the commencement of a three-day National Youth Entrepreneurship Empowerment Summit at the International Conference Centre (ICC) here in Abuja.

“The Federal Executive Council Valedictory Session will be held at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja, on Wednesday, May 22nd; a Special Jumat Lecture and prayer will be held on Friday May 24th at the National Mosque; the First Lady’s interaction with women is slated for the Old Chamber at the State House on Saturday May 25th while a special Interdenominational Church Service is slated for Sunday May 26th at the National Christian Centre.

“On Monday, May 27th, Mr. President will give a Children;s Day broadcast, to be followed later in the day by a Children’s Variety Party. The swearing in of the President and the Vice President is slated for Wednesday, May 29th at the Eagle Square, to be followed by a State Banquet at the State House in the evening of the same day,” he explained.

For the Democracy Day, Alhaji Mohammed disclosed that: “ The events celebrating June 12 as Democracy Day will kick off on Friday, June 7th with a Historical Exhibition in Arts, Pictures and Immersive Environment and run through June 12th. The event is slated to hold at the ICC. It will be followed on Sunday, June 9th by a Youth Concert, Creative Industry and Entertainment Night also at the ICC.

“On Monday, June 10th, there will be a Secondary Schools Exhibition/Panel Discussion at the ICC, and Tuesday, June 11th will feature three events: the PMB Oratorical Contest at the ICC, an Anti-corruption Summit at the Transcorp Hilton and and a First Lady’s Commissioning Programme in Yola, Adamawa.

“Wednesday, June 12th will start off with a parade at the Eagle Square, and the Democracy Day programme will wrap up with a Dinner and Gala Night at the State House Conference Centre,” he said.


20TH – 29TH MAY, 2019


1.         Monday 20th May     11.00am         ·         World Press Conference, Nat. Press Centre           

2.         Tuesday 21st May     10.00am         ·         National Youth Entrepreneurship  Empowerment Summit(21st -23rd)  ·         ICC        Open and by Invitation

3.         Wednesday 22nd May          10.00am         ·         FEC Valedictory Session

·         Council Chambers State House         Strictly by Invitation

4.         Friday  24th May       09.00am         ·         Special Jumma’atLecture and Prayer           ·         National Mosque          Open and by Invitation

5.         Saturday 25th            16.00pm         ·         First Lady’s Interaction with Women           ·         Old Chamber State House           Open and by Invitation

6.         Sunday 26th May      15.00pm         ·         Special Interdenominational Church Service            ·         National Christian Centre      Open and BY invitation

7.         Monday 27th May     07.00am


·         Children’s Day Broadcast by Mr. President

·         Children’s Variety Party

·         State House

·         State house

Open and BY invitation

9.         Wednesday 29th May           08.00am


·         Swearing In Ceremony

·         State Banquet

·         Eagle Square

·         State House Conf. Centre

Strictly by Invitation

*ICC – International Conference Centre


7TH– 12TH  JUNE, 2019

1.         7th – 12th June          09.00am         ·         Historical Exhibition in Arts, Pictures and Immersive Environment (Week Long)  ·         ICC        Open and BY invitation

2.         Sunday 9th June        16.00pm         ·         Youth Concert, Creative Industry & Entertainment Night            ·         ICC        Open and BY invitation

3.         Monday 10th June    09.00am         ·         Secondary Schools Exhibition/Panel Discussion    ·         ICC            Open and BY invitation


Tuesday 11th June    09.00am



·         PMB – Oratorical Contest

·         Anticorruption Summit

·         First Lady’s Commissioning  Program Adamawa

·         ICC

·         Transcorp Hilton

·         Yola, Adamawa

Open and BY invitation

Strictly by Invitation

5.         Wednesday 12th June          09.00am


·         Democracy Day Parade

·         Dinner & Gala Night

·         Eagle Square

·         State House Conf. Centre

Strictly by Invitation

*ICC – International Conference Centre

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