Bola Tinubu has been finally sworn in as the fifth president of Nigeria since the return of democracy in 1999, succeeding Muhammadu Buhari. Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state for two terms, was sworn in to Office by Chief Justice Olukayode Ariwoola in a colourful ceremony, graced by local and foreign dignitaries in Abuja, the capital.
At 71, Tinubu inherits a nation confronting several crises – a struggling economy, an ever increasing insecurity, and the need to monetize Nigeria’s resources. Tinubu will definitely face a great challenge in turning the tides of the country, especially considering his promise to replicate his revenue to the national level.
In the run-up for the 2023 presidential elections, Tinubu faces a lot of criticism, mainly from his opponents who point to his gaining of fortune and entrenchment of cronyism during his time in office as governor. There are also questions raised against him, concerning his excessive wealth, his health, and even challenges to the legitimacy of his academic credentials.