Tinubu raises inauguration panel as group tasks security agencies
President-ELECT, Bola Tinubu, has unveiled a 13-member Presidential Inauguration Committee to oversee the weeklong activities leading to his swearing in and that of his deputy, Kashim Shettima, on May 29.
In a letter to Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, the Jagaban Borgu named National Deputy Chairman (North) of All Progressives Congress (APC), Abubakar Kyari as Coordinator/Director of Finance and Budget of the panel.
Executive Director (Business Development) at Nigeria Export-Import (NEXIM) Bank, Stella Okotete, is Head of Secretariat, Planning and Monitoring, while Makinde Araoye, ex-governorship aspirant from Ekiti State, is serving as Director of Venue, Parades and Swearing in.
APC Presidential Campaign spokesperson, Bayo Onanuga would serve as Head of Media and Publicity, while Cross Rivers State Commissioner for Health and party’s National Women Leader, Dr. Betta Edu, coordinates the medical team.
Younger brother to the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Col. Abdulazeez Yar’Adua, is Head of Security and Ceremonial Parade, as Mrs. Zainab Buba Marwa coordinates the pre-inauguration dinner and gala night.
Other members of the committee are Samira Saddik (Children’s Day); Abuh Andrew Abuh (Accommodation); Dr. Danladi Bako (Inaugural Lecture); Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Kabir (Transportation and Logistics); Donald Wokoma (Protocol and Invitation); Bishop Adegbite (Church Service) and Imam Faud (Jumat Service).
The President-elect had initially forwarded names of Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and former Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Wale Edun, to the SGF as his representatives in the Transition Committee.
In a related development, a group, The Natives, has urged security agencies to step up their game and check activities of those bent on truncating civil rule in the country.
The Supreme Leader, Smart Edwards, in a statement, lauded the military, police and the Department of State Services (DSS) for exposing interim national government plots and defending Nigeria’s nascent democracy.
He observed that the secret police acted swiftly to inform the public of the “capricious tendencies of desperate feudal political oligarchies, using unsuspecting youths to rubbish all institutions of government and denigrate them to promote anarchy and acts of discountenance in the country.”
Edwards continued: “We, The Natives, are also using this medium to urge the Nigerian security apparatus to step up their game against the saboteurs, as the nation prepares towards the historic inauguration of the 16th President of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“We must at this juncture openly commend the swift response of the DSS, Defence Headquarters and the entire intelligence community for their professionalism and commitment to democracy.”