The richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote and his billionaire friend, Femi Otedola were part of top dignitaries that graced the inauguration of president Muhammadu Buhari and vice president Yemi Osinbajo at the Eagles Square Abuja.
The duo were pictured sitting together at the inauguration ceremony today that witness the presence of only one former president, Gen Yakubu Gowon (rtd) as former president Olusegun Obasanjo who has been a critic of the ruling government and immediate past president Goodluck Jonathan were absent.
See Below what Femi Otedola wrote on his Instagram page.
Other VIP dignitaries that were absent are former military president Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd) Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida(rtd). The reason for their absence is yet to be known.
Other dignitaries that were at the event were some chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by its national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, former Zamfara governor, Abdulaziz Yari, Governors Godwin Obaseki and Yahaya Bello of Edo Kogi State respectively, and other party stalwarts.
Meanwhile, a video has started going viral where a military official showed Oshiomhole where to stand during the inauguration ceremony as part of the protocol.
Oshiomhole, who was staying beside Chief Justice close to the president was told to leave the place which looked embarrassing.
Watch the video below
The moment that Adams Oshiomhole was asked to move to the end of the line at the #TheInauguration, while waiting for the President and the Vice President at the Eagle Square.#Nigeria #Inauguration2019 pic.twitter.com/4RG1Pxozdc
— Crisscross Africa (@crisscrosafrica) May 29, 2019
Recall that the Federal Government had announced that the inauguration ceremony will be a low key as the main events have been shifted to June, 12 to commemorate Democracy Day when some foreign leaders are expected to come.
This is the first inauguration ceremony that a president-elect won’t read an inaugural speech.
In order to have a hitch-free event, security around the venue was beefed up as heavily armed operatives were distributed at strategic points.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) May 29, 2019