Prof. Ibrahim told Tinubu that the inauguration ceremony was run as though a military administration was gaining power

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s inauguration as Nigeria’s 16th Commander-In-Chief on May 29, 2023, has drawn criticism from Professor Jibrin Ibrahim, a renowned political science expert.Continue Reading>>>

During an interview on ARISE TV’s ‘Prime Time’ program, Professor Ibrahim, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at The Premium Times, expressed his concern about the excessive military presence and parades that took place at Eagle Square in the Federal Capital Territory.

The professor highlighted that the ceremony reminded him of the days when military Heads of State assumed power in Nigeria. He found it striking that, despite the country having experienced 30 years of military rule, the swearing-in ceremony appeared highly militarized. The formations, drills, and regimental flags on display evoked memories of past military takeovers.Continue Reading>>>

 

Professor Ibrahim questioned the distinction between this civilian presidential inauguration and the military regimes of the past. He observed that the event seemed reminiscent of the military’s assumption of power, raising the issue of whether the essence of a civilian swearing-in ceremony should be overshadowed by military symbolism.

Despite his concerns, the professor acknowledged the significance of the occasion and the need to respect the ceremony surrounding the assumption of a civilian president. However, he couldn’t help but remark on the striking similarities to past military takeovers, emphasizing the militarized nature of the event.

In his words; ” I guess we can’t spoil the essence of the swearing-in ceremony of a civilian president by talking about the military. Even though the ceremony was conducted as if it was one of those military regimes that were taking over.”

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