SGF sets transition timetable—Tinubu gets GCFR 25 May

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Bola Tinubu, the President elect of Nigeria

The SGF has released a timetable for the upcoming transition, which includes the awarding of GCFR to Tinubu on May 25th.

Bola Tinubu, the President-elect, is set to receive the prestigious Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on the 25th of May, in anticipation of his upcoming inauguration on the 29th of May.

On the same day, Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima is set to receive the esteemed Grand Commander of Order of the Niger (GCON) honor.

According to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the schedule of activities for the 2023 Presidential Inauguration has been released and it includes the following information.

The Chairman of the Presidential Transition Council, Mr. Mustapha, unveiled the schedule during a press briefing held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja.

In Nigeria, it is customary for the departing president to bestow the GCFR distinction upon the incoming president.

In 2010, the Council of State was compelled to bestow the GCFR title upon Goodluck Jonathan, owing to the unique circumstances surrounding his ascension to power. Following the demise of Umar Yar’Adua, Mr. Jonathan became the President of Nigeria.

According to Mr. Mustapha’s statement, the proceedings are set to kick off with a formal dinner to pay tribute to the departing President Muhammadu Buhari on the 23rd of May.


Tuesday 23rd May, 2023

Regimental Dinner in honour of the Commander in Chief

Armed Forces Officers Mess @ 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 24th May 2023

Valedictory Federal Executive Council Meeting

Council Chambers, Presidential Villa

Thursday, 25th May, 2023

Investiture of the President-Elect and Vice-President-Elect with the National Honors of

Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and Grand Commander of Order of the Niger (GCON) respectively and Handover of Transition Documents State House Conference Centre @ 10:00am

(Guests to be seated by 9:00am)

Friday 26th May, 2023

Public Lecture and Jumaat Prayer

National Mosque @ 10:00am & 1:30 pm

Saturday 27th May, 2023

Inauguration Lecture on the topic: Deepening Democracy for Integration and Development by His Excellency, Uhuru M. Kenyatta, former President of Kenya International Conference Centre, @ 10:00am

(Guests to be seated by 9:00am)

Saturday 27th May, 2023

Children’s Day Program

(i). Parade; and

(ii). Children’s Party

(i). Old Parade Ground @ 10:00am

(ii). State House Conference Centre @ 2:00pm

Sunday, 28th May, 2023

Inter-denominational Church Service

National Christian Centre @ 10:00 a.m.

(Congregation to be seated by 9:00am)

Sunday, 28th May, 2023

Inauguration Dinner/Gala Night

State House Conference Centre @7:00PM

(Guests to be seated by 6:00 pm)

Monday, 29th May, 2023

Inauguration Parade/Swearing-In

Eagle Square, CBD @ 10:00 a.m.

All Guests to be seated by 8:30 a.m.

Monday, 29th May, 2023

Post Inauguration Luncheon

State House Banquet Hall @ 1:30 pm (Strictly for Mr President with brother Presidents, Heads of Government and his invited guests).

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