Osinbajo to represent Buhari at William Ruto’s inauguration as Kenya’s president today

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN and Deputy President William Ruto during their last meeting. File photo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN will represent Nigeria in Kenya at the East African nation’s inauguration of William Ruto as its 5th President on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

Prof. Osinbajo departed Abuja Monday night and will join other leaders across Africa and beyond for the swearing-in ceremony scheduled to hold in Nairobi with about 20 heads of state expected to grace the ceremony.

During the event, according to local media reports, outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta will hand over the instruments of power including a ceremonial sword and a copy of Kenya’s Constitution to the new president, whose electoral victory in last month’s election was affirmed by the country’s Supreme Court only last week.

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Nigeria and Kenya share very warm and long standing diplomatic relations underpinned by strong economic cooperation and cultural affinities.

Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,
Office of the Vice President, who disclosed this on Manday, said, “the Vice President is accompanied on the trip by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, and the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu.”

He will return to Abuja after the event on Tuesday.