The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, would be representing President Muhammadu Buhari at Tuesday’s second term inauguration of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi.
Osinbajo would be joining several other heads of State and Government from Africa and beyond who are expected at the swearing-in ceremony holding at the Kasarani Sports Complex in the country’s capital city.
The Vice President who left Abuja Monday night was accompanied by the Foreign Affairs Minister of State, Mrs. Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim.
He is expected back in Abuja same Tuesday
As acting President, Osinbajo, SAN, had congratulated Kenyatta when he was first re-elected in August.
In a letter to the Kenyan leader, he stated: “I have the honour on behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to congratulate you on your successful re-election as the President of the Republic of Kenya.”
Prof. Osinbajo noted that President Kenyatta’s re-election bears testimony to his selfless service to Kenya and to the giant strides he has taken in the transformation of the country in the last few years.
“Permit me therefore to use this momentous occasion to reiterate Nigeria’s support and cooperation with Kenya in our collective determination to advance the development of Africa and its people,” he noted.
The opposition challenged the election for not complying with the electoral law. It was annulled by the Supreme Court and a rerun ordered within 60 days. However, the opposition boycotted the poll, giving Kenyatta the ample opportunity to record 98 per cent of the votes cast in the 26 October election..