President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, will according to the transition programme approved by the Council of State yesterday, tour the Presidential Villa and receive handover notes from President Goodluck Jonathan on May 28.
The duo of Governors Gabriel Suswam and Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Benue and Niger states who respectively briefed State House correspondents after the meeting, said the Council approved the transition programme.
According to the programme, Jumaat Prayer will be offered on Friday May 22 while church service was fixed for Sunday May 24.
On Thursday, May 28, President Jonathan is expected to take Buhari and Osinbajo through a tour of the Presidential Villa as well as handover documents to the President-elect. A dinner is also scheduled to take place that night.
Friday, May 29 is scheduled for the inauguration of the new administration as well as luncheon and gala night.
Aliyu clarified the handover and inauguration dates thus: “It’s is only a technicality. One is inauguration, the formality of the new president taking over. Technically, the 29th is for the man taking over. For handing over documents you don’t wait till that 29th because after the inauguration the transition committee may continue. If you recall, when President Jonathan came on board, he inaugurated the Gen. Danjuma’s committee to look at all the documents that were handed over to them and make recommendations. So it’s a continuous thing.
The handing over of document from the outgoing President to the incoming President ‎to the President-elect will take place on the 28th and the inauguration on the 29. “
Suswam also said: “Just to add to that, the council decided that henceforth there has to be a template in which transition will follow, we have never had it. This is the first time one is going to be developed, so that there is no speculation as to what needs to be done as everything will be in a template.”
“If there is a transition whether is from the same party to the same party or from one party to another is the same template. You will recall that we have never had a template in which to follow and how we go about our transition but what is going to happen this time around is going to be permanent.”
Aliyu said: “Invitations have been sent to all the presidents of African countries ‎including presidents and prime ministers of the G-8, including multilateral heads like the United Nations, Commonwealth, ECOWAS, African Union. We expect a beautiful ceremony on the 29th.
“We also reiterated that there will be no African time. This idea of inviting people ‎and the invitee arrives before the inviter is not good for us. And therefore we must set examples for people to follow as leaders and those of us we organise this event we must stick to the details of the timing of the activities.”
The National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki, assured the Council that the country is now well prepared to tackle any form of insurgency in the future, having updated her security architecture.
The NSA also assured that the incoming President won’t have to govern a country under the siege of Boko Haram.
Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon had moved the motion during the meeting for Council to appreciate the efforts of Jonathan and Buhari towards the post-election peace and stability the country attained.

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