Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Biden's Delegation for Tinubu's Inauguration: Here's the Complete List

In a historic moment, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, eagerly announced the members of

his delegation who would be attending the momentous inauguration of President-elect Bola Tinubu in Nigeria. The PUNCH, a renowned Nigerian news outlet, reported that an impressive lineup of 65 world leaders, including Heads of State, had been cordially invited to grace the grand event.


Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State, was set to be sworn in as Nigeria's 16th President on May 29, amidst great anticipation and excitement. The inauguration ceremony was scheduled to take place at the prestigious Eagle Square in Abuja, the country's capital. The occasion promised to be a significant milestone for Nigeria, drawing esteemed guests from across the globe.


Among those expected to attend the nation's seventh transition ceremony were distinguished past presidents, diplomats, heads of international organizations, and prominent Nigerians. Additionally, representatives of foreign governments and agencies were eagerly awaiting the event, eager to witness this historical moment.


The inauguration festivities were set to commence on Thursday, with the formal investiture of Bola Tinubu as the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic. Simultaneously, Kashim Shettima, the Vice-President-elect, would be honored as the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger. These prestigious titles served as a testament to their exceptional service and dedication to the nation.


Nigeria's traditional allies, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, China, Germany, Finland, Jamaica, Japan, Israel, Turkey, and several others, were expected to be in attendance at this high-profile event. The presence of these nations reflected the global significance and support surrounding Nigeria's democratic transition.


In preparation for the inauguration, President Joe Biden released a statement on the official White House website, revealing the distinguished members of his nine-member delegation. Leading the delegation would be Marcia L. Fudge, the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The delegation included individuals from various government departments, highlighting the importance the United States placed on its relationship with Nigeria.


The members of the Presidential Delegation included:


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.

Excitement continued to build as the days leading up to the inauguration were filled with a series of notable events. On May 27, a captivating lecture titled 'Deepening Democracy for Integration and Development' would be delivered by former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. This lecture aimed to foster a deeper understanding of democratic principles and their role in driving integration and development.


Other events on the inauguration itinerary included the Regimental Dinner, set to honor the Commander-in-Chief at the Armed Forces Officers Mess on May 23, the Valedictory Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential Villa's Council Chambers on May 24, and a Public Lecture and Juma'at prayer at the National Mosque on May 26.


On May 27, a colorful Children's Day Parade and Party would take place, providing an opportunity for young Nigerians to partake in the celebrations. The following day, an Inter-denominational Church Service at the National Christian Centre would offer a moment of reflection and prayer for the nation's leaders and its people.


As the highly anticipated inauguration day, May 29, finally arrived, the nation brimmed with pride and anticipation. The ceremony would be held at the grand Eagle Square, accompanied by an awe-inspiring inauguration parade. Bola Tinubu and the vice president-elect would solemnly take their oaths, signifying the commencement of their term in office.


After the inauguration ceremony, a post-inauguration luncheon would be held exclusively for the President, his fellow Presidents, Heads of Government, and esteemed guests. This intimate gathering at the State House Banquet Hall would provide an opportunity for these leaders to exchange ideas and strengthen diplomatic ties.


Overall, the inauguration of President Bola Tinubu promised to be a momentous occasion, showcasing Nigeria's commitment to democracy and its place on the global stage. As the world watched, the nation stood united in celebration, hopeful for a future filled with progress, unity, and prosperity.

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