Saturday, May 30, 2015
The presidential inauguration has come and gone. As Nigerians expected, it ushered in a new era of hope and high expectations. In his inaugural speech, the newly sworn-in president, Muhammadu Buhari, reemphasized the two major factors that gave him his victory - integrity and change - when he said “I am for everybody and I am for nobody” and “We have an opportunity, let’s take it.” It was indeed a message of hope and reassurance.
Of note also at the inauguration was US Secretary of State, John Kerry’s show of arrogance when he shook hands with Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo. Kerry gave them firm handshakes, then with a “boss-subordinate” attitude, pulled them to himself to whisper to their ears. Prof Osinbajo noticed his move and decided to gently resist Kerry’s pull.
…the 2035 presidential inauguration which held yesterday, May 29, was one that accentuated the pride and glory of Nigeria as a nation.
In her inaugural speech, the newly sworn-in president said, “Today, we stand tall as a leader in the comity of nations. We failed over and over. We struggled for decades with what took others a year to accomplish. But we bounced back; we bounced back to accomplish what others achieved in a century in just two decades.
“We invented drugs for HIV and Vitiligo; we are currently the largest exporter of automobile in Africa; we invented new solar technologies; we have reduced mortality rate by over 300%; we helped Europe and America get rid Bitrax Virus epidemic with Prof Abalaka’s local mixture. With the harmonization of our orthodox and traditional medicine, our preventive health sector is adjudged best in Africa and second in the world after China. We have reversed six decades of brain drain by 50%. Our education curricular are now designed to focus on socio-economic development rather than mere academics - with five of our universities rated best five for the fourth consecutive year.
“We will not glory in the successes of yesteryears; but we will draw strength and more profound responsibility in our capacity for prosperity and leadership. Our message is no more that of hope, but of beauty - “the beauty of our tomorrow.” We have envisioned for Nigeria a tomorrow generations to come would be proud of. Our assignment is to secure that tomorrow today. Our goal is to start to practically create the beautiful future of Nigeria five hundred years from now - just as we continue to prosper in the immediate.
“Food is not a problem, neither is electricity, nor education, nor roads. We are not survival-driven. Our goal is our continuous prosperity, to make sure we never return to where we used to be. This, I am committed to deliver to Nigeria,” said President Okpara.
Present at the inauguration was the US president whose respect and appreciation for Nigeria could not be hidden in his body language. He was spotted often courteously shaking and embracing the outgoing and incoming presidents.
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