The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has designated a delegation to participate in the inauguration ceremony of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu.
According to The PUNCH, the May 29 inauguration is expected to be attended by a significant number of global leaders, totaling 65, which includes various Heads of State.
The former governor of Lagos State will be inaugurated as the 16th president of Nigeria on May 29 at Eagle Square in Abuja.
Past presidents, diplomats, chiefs of international organisations, notable Nigerians, and representatives of foreign governments and agencies are also expected to attend the nation’s seventh transition ceremony.
The inauguration ceremonies will commence on Thursday with the investiture of Tinubu as Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic and Kashim Shettima as Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger.
The high-profile event is scheduled to draw representatives from Nigeria’s traditional allies, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, China, Germany, Finland, Jamaica, Japan, Israel, Turkey, and several more.
Biden announced a nine-person delegation for the inauguration in a statement posted on the White House website on Monday night.
As released by Biden, the delegation will be led by Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia L. Fudge.
Below are 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.