A white House briefing room statement released today indicated that President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu slated for May 29, 2023, in Abuja, Nigeria.
The 9 man delegation includes:
The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, will lead the delegation.
Members of the Presidential Delegation:
Mr. David Greene, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., U.S. Embassy Abuja; The Honorable Sydney Kamlager-Dove, United States Representative (D), California; The Honorable Marisa Lago, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce; General Michael E. Langley, Commander of U.S. Africa Command; The Honorable Enoh T. Ebong, Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency; The Honorable Mary Catherine Phee, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Judd Devermont, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council; The Honorable Monde Muyangwa, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development.
By Nigeria constitutional provision, May 29th of an election year is set aside for the inauguration of elected officials to various office except those whose election date have been adjusted due to legal issues.
Currently, the presidential election result is being challenged at the Tribunal by candidates Atiku Abubakar, PDP, Peter Obi, LP and another party seeking to either disqualify Tinubu’s declaration as winner or to challenge the outcome of the entire process.
Hearing in the case is due to commence on the 30th of May while final judgement is expected early August, this year.