Outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, conferred the highest national honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, on the incoming President of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Buhari conferred the honour on Tinubu at an investiture ceremony in Abuja, where the Vice-President-elect, Senator Kashim Shettima was also conferred the national award of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON.

The conferment of the GCFR honour comes as part of the investiture ceremony for the President-elect, Asiwaju Tinubu and his vice, Shettima.

Recall that President Buhari, who is expected to hand over to Tinubu on Monday, May 29, had expressed his eagerness to hand over in the next few days.

Outgoing President Buhari had been under immense pressure, catching up with the array of events lined out for the inauguration, coupled with wrapping up official duties of his office.

The President was joined by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha; the Minister of Defense, Major General Salihu Magashi; the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor; and the Service Chiefs at the close of the Regimental Dinner organised in his honour by the Armed Forces at the newly commissioned Nigerian Armed Forces Officers’ Mess, Asokoro, Abuja on Tuesday.

The President commissioned the new Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, headquarters buildings in Maitama District of the FCT, before virtually inaugurating six other projects across the country.

He also presided over another extraordinary Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting from midday till late Tuesday evening, before heading out for the Regimental Dinner.

He had said, “Please, I will like to digress a bit from the prepared speech. I apologise most sincerely for keeping you waiting for about at least half an hour, actually I can hardly cope with the pressure and I’m desperately looking forward for the next six days.”


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