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Biden names 8-member team for Tinubu’s inauguration

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United State President Joe Biden has named his delegation to attend next Monday’s inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu as Nigeria’s sixth Executive President.

At least 65 world leaders, including Heads of State, were invited to grace the event, which holds at Eagle Square, Abuja.

Also expected are past presidents, diplomats, heads of international organisations and prominent Nigerians and representatives of foreign governments and agencies.

The inauguration programmes will begin on Thursday with the investiture of Tinubu with  the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic, and the Vice-President-elect, Senator Kashim Shettima as the Grand Commander of Order of the Niger.

Representatives of Nigeria’s traditional allies such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, China, Germany, Finland, Jamaica, Japan, Israel, Turkey and several others are expected at the high-profile event.

In a statement on the White House website on Monday night, Biden announced an eight-member delegation for the event.

The delegation will be led by Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia L. Fudge.

Below are members of the Presidential Delegation:

  • Mr. David Greene, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., U.S. Embassy Abuja
  • The Honorable Sydney Kamlager-Dove, United States Representative (D), California
  • The Honorable Marisa Lago, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • General Michael E. Langley, Commander of U.S. Africa Command
  • The Honorable Enoh T. Ebong, Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • The Honorable Mary Catherine Phee, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • The Honorable Judd Devermont, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council
  • The Honorable Monde Muyangwa, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development.

Events lined up for the inauguration included a lecture titled, Deepening Democracy for Integration and Development that would be delivered by former Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, on 27th May.

Other activities included the Regimental Dinner in honour of the Commander-in-Chief at the Armed Forces Officers Mess slated for Tuesday; the Valedictory Federal Executive Council meeting at the Council Chambers inside the Presidential Villa on Wednesday; Public Lecture and Juma’at prayer at the National Mosque on Friday; Children’s Day Parade and Party on Saturday, and an Inter-denominational Church Service at the National Christian Centre on Sunday.

Also, the Inauguration Dinner/Gala Night at the State House Conference Centre is billed for Sunday, while the inauguration/swearing-in of the President-elect and the Vice President-elect will take place on Monday, accompanied by an inauguration parade at the Eagle Square.

There will also be a post-inauguration luncheon strictly for the President with his colleague Presidents, Heads of Government and guests at the State House Banquet Hall after the inauguration ceremony.

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