Obama names John Kerry as head of U.S. delegation to Buhari inauguration

John Kerry, U.S Secretary of States
John Kerry, U.S Secretary of States

President Barack Obama of the United States has named Secretary of State, John Kerry, to lead the American government delegation to the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president.

Mr. Buhari will be sworn into office on May 29, alongside his vice president-elect, Yemi Osinbajo.

“Today @POTUS announced that @JohnKerry will lead the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the inauguration of President-elect Buhari of #Nigeria,” the U.S. State Department tweeted late Monday.

There has been high international interest in Nigeria’s political transition and the planned transfer of power from the Jonathan-Sambo presidency to the Buhari-Osinbajo presidency.

The United States, which closely followed the elections in March, has particularly shown interest in the transition, with Mr. Obama considering sending Vice President Joe Biden to lead his presidential team to Nigeria on May 29.

Some senior members of the U.S. Congress, including the Chairman of the US House of Representatives Sub Committee on Africa, Chris Smith, are also said to be planning to attend the event.

The U.S. President normally announces a delegation to the presidential inaugurations of friendly nations to be led by the Ambassador in that country.

But in rare occasions, he picks very senior public officials as the head of delegation to underscore how the US highly regards the country or the circumstances at a given point in time.

From the U.S. government to the business sectors and think tanks, the level of excitement about the anticipated peaceful transfer of power in Nigeria and the outcome of the elections itself producing the Buhari-Osinbajo ticket from an opposition party, APC, has been widespread.

Some of the U.S. groups that have been showing keen interest to attend the inauguration and pressuring the U.S. government to send a very high-powered delegation are the Atlantic Council, and the Constituency for Africa-groups known to be very influential in Washington DC.

There were calls last week for Mr. Obama himself to personally attend the event.

On Tuesday, Mr. Obama’s National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, also tweeted that, “Inauguration will mark a historic transfer of power and underscore the Nigerian people’s commitment to democracy.”


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  • favourtalk

    You are welcome the secretary of agate to nigeria, we nigerians are happy that we votes right this time

    • adeade

      Please, you need to attend an English class to brush up your use of English words.

      • aisha ani

        Lol!

  • B.Messi

    What is this??
    Where are the names of the ‘high powered delegation’??
    Yet another windy propaganga.
    Meant to raise the hopes of the gullible.
    Raise and DASH!
    Promise and FAIL!
    How will Obama come when no one understands the signals coming out of the APC stables?
    Where the ‘messiah’ is begging Naijas not to expect any messianic miracles like his ‘forerunners’ had predicted!
    A party that is bugged down by escalating cases of forgery and perjury.
    The latest being the forgery of death of an APC Candidate to substitute his name!
    A party that can’t even zone positions of the N.A.
    Expecting Lai(e) to heap the blame on GEJ soon.
    As my oduduwa sons will say, OBAMA NI MICHELLE KO.
    Obama has seen it’s all a hoax!
    Mtcheuw!

  • shola

    A wind of change for good. Nigeria is getting out of isolation.Good governance pays.

  • excel

    Evidence of new beginning, Nigeria will recover her lost glory with GMB on the throne. APC has finally changing the face of Nigeria

  • OneNaija

    Idiots. Stop submitting yourselves as inferiors to the Americans. Do you think Americans will be excited to hear that our foreign minister is going to attend their presidential inauguration?

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  • Ok Dave Lionel

    Obama who cannot sell arms to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram is sending top USA officials to Inauguration. We don”t need fair weather friends. Nigeria refuse to sign gay marriage that is the western pains.I pray Buhari does not become a stooge for them. Before May next year will know where our nation will be heading to.

  • uduakomiri

    Hmmm…John Kerry are comes to Naijyeria fa? John Kerry are comes to inaugurate our Buhari ba so that America is realise our secret of fighting mutum boko rams…wallahi, I suspicious dis attending for inaugurations of sai Buhari. Kai, I not comfortable mazamaza with yaro Kerry coming to inauguration bcos Kerry are comes to plant mutum CIA for Nigeria. These America romancing Nigeria from behind di nyash suddenly suddenly are suspecting oh! Yaro Kashimu will abscond from Abuja on 29 May bcos CIA are comes to nabs him instanta, Bode George nko? Pashe will try to avoid yaro Kerry by all means.
    Wallahi, are Oshomoto in attendance? If Oshomoto is attend with his new wife, Mercedes mechawu, wallahi me too I must be there laif. Inuwa Dankatako are attend inaugurations live! Wallahi, ba Magana Magana! allah ya shiga mana!

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  • Rambunctious Billionaire

    A very low grade delegation

  • idara Asuquo

    Great things are beginning to happen in Nigeria. Change has come to stay in our dear country. Almighty God may our expectations not be cut off IJN. May God lead and protect the delegates of different nations of the world that are coming for the inauguration. From the depth of my heart I ask these in Jesus Name.