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Read President Buhari’s Inauguration Speech + Photos From the Event



In case you missed President Muhammadu Buhari‘s inauguration speech, here is the full text of what he said, as reported by Vanguard:

I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.
I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation. Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country.

I would like to thank the millions of our supporters who believed in us even when the cause seemed hopeless. I salute their resolve in waiting long hours in rain and hot sunshine to register and cast their votes and stay all night if necessary to protect and ensure their votes count and were counted.  I thank those who tirelessly carried the campaign on the social media. At the same time, I thank our other countrymen and women who did not vote for us but contributed to make our democratic culture truly competitive, strong and definitive.

I thank all of you.

Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians.

I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.

PIC.2. PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI TAKING OATH OF OFFICE IN ABUJA   ON FRIDAY (29/5/15).WITH HIM IS THE WIFE, AISHA. 2815/29/5/2015/JAU/CH/NANA few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue.

Our neighbours in the Sub-region and our African brethenen should rest assured that Nigeria under our administration will be ready to play any leadership role that Africa expects of it. Here I would like to thank the governments and people of Cameroon, Chad and Niger for committing their armed forces to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria.

I also wish to assure the wider international community of our readiness to cooperate and help to combat threats of cross-border terrorism, sea piracy, refugees and boat people, financial crime, cyber crime, climate change, the spread of communicable diseases and other challenges of the 21st century.

At home we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns. We are going to tackle them head on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems.

In recent times Nigerian leaders appear to have misread our mission. Our founding fathers, Mr Herbert Macauley, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Malam Aminu Kano, Chief J.S. Tarka, Mr Eyo Ita, Chief Denis Osadeby, Chief Ladoke Akintola and their colleagues worked to establish certain standards of governance. They might have differed in their methods or tactics or details, but they were united in establishing a viable and progressive country. Some of their successors behaved like spoilt children breaking everything and bringing disorder to the house.

Furthermore, we as Nigerians must remind ourselves that we are heirs to great civilizations: Shehu Othman Dan fodio’s caliphate, the Kanem Borno Empire, the Oyo Empire, the Benin Empire and King Jaja’s formidable domain. The blood of those great ancestors flow in our veins. What is now required is to build on these legacies, to modernize and uplift Nigeria.

Daunting as the task may be it is by no means insurmountable. There is now a national consensus that our chosen route to national development is democracy. To achieve our objectives we must consciously work the democratic system. The Federal Executive under my watch will not seek to encroach on the duties and functions of the Legislative and Judicial arms of government. The law enforcing authorities will be charged to operate within the Constitution. We shall rebuild and reform the public service to become more effective and more serviceable. We shall charge them to apply themselves with integrity to stabilize the system.

For their part the legislative arm must keep to their brief of making laws, carrying out over-sight functions and doing so expeditiously. The judicial system needs reform to cleanse itself from its immediate past. The country now expects the judiciary to act with dispatch on all cases especially on corruption, serious financial crimes or abuse of office. It is only when the three arms act constitutionally that government will be enabled to serve the country optimally and avoid the confusion all too often bedeviling governance today.

Elsewhere relations between Abuja and the States have to be clarified if we are to serve the country better. Constitutionally there are limits to powers of each of the three tiers of government but that should not mean the Federal Government should fold its arms and close its eyes to what is going on in the states and local governments. Not least the operations of the Local Government Joint Account. While the Federal Government can not interfere in the details of its operations it will ensure that the gross corruption at the local level is checked. As far as the constitution allows me I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.

However, no matter how well organized the governments of the federation are they can not succeed without the support, understanding and cooperation of labour unions, organized private sector, the press and civil society organizations. I appeal to employers and workers alike to unite in raising productivity so that everybody will have the opportunity to share in increased prosperity. The Nigerian press is the most vibrant in Africa. My appeal to the media today – and this includes the social media – is to exercise its considerable powers with responsibility and patriotism.

My appeal for unity is predicated on the seriousness of the legacy we are getting into. With depleted foreign reserves, falling oil prices, leakages and debts the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble and will require careful management to bring it round and to tackle the immediate challenges confronting us, namely; Boko Haram, the Niger Delta situation, the power shortages and unemployment especially among young people. For the longer term we have to improve the standards of our education. We have to look at the whole field of medicare. We have to upgrade our dilapidated physical infrastructure.



The most immediate is Boko Haram’s insurgency. Progress has been made in recent weeks by our security forces but victory can not be achieved by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja. The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued. But we can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.

This government will do all it can to rescue them alive. Boko Haram is a typical example of small fires causing large fires. An eccentric and unorthodox preacher with a tiny following was given posthumous fame and following by his extra judicial murder at the hands of the police. Since then through official bungling, negligence, complacency or collusion Boko Haram became a terrifying force taking tens of thousands of lives and capturing several towns and villages covering swathes of Nigerian sovereign territory.


Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of. At the end of the hostilities when the group is subdued the Government intends to commission a sociological study to determine its origins, remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, the international connexions to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a reccurrence of this evil. For now the Armed Forces will be fully charged with prosecuting the fight against Boko haram. We shall overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in operations. We shall improve operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human right violations by the Armed Forces.

Boko Haram is not only the security issue bedeviling our country. The spate of kidnappings, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers clashes, cattle rustlings all help to add to the general air of insecurity in our land. We are going to erect and maintain an efficient, disciplined people – friendly and well – compensated security forces within an over – all security architecture.

The amnesty programme in the Niger Delta is due to end in December, but the Government intends to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place. I call on the leadership and people in these areas to cooperate with the State and Federal Government in the rehabilitation programmes which will be streamlined and made more effective. As ever, I am ready to listen to grievances of my fellow Nigerians. I extend my hand of fellowship to them so that we can bring peace and build prosperity for our people.

No single cause can be identified to explain Nigerian’s poor economic performance over the years than the power situation. It is a national shame that an economy of 180 million generates only 4,000MW, and distributes even less. Continuous tinkering with the structures of power supply and distribution and close on $20b expanded since 1999 have only brought darkness, frustration, misery, and resignation among Nigerians. We will not allow this to go on. Careful studies are under way during this transition to identify the quickest, safest and most cost-effective way to bring light and relief to Nigerians.


Unemployment, notably youth un-employment features strongly in our Party’s Manifesto. We intend to attack the problem frontally through revival of agriculture, solid minerals mining as well as credits to small and medium size businesses to kick – start these enterprises. We shall quickly examine the best way to revive major industries and accelerate the revival and development of our railways, roads and general infrastructure.

Your Excellencies, My fellow Nigerians I can not recall when Nigeria enjoyed so much goodwill abroad as now. The messages I received from East and West, from powerful and small countries are indicative of international expectations on us. At home the newly elected government is basking in a reservoir of goodwill and high expectations. Nigeria therefore has a window of opportunity to fulfill our long – standing potential of pulling ourselves together and realizing our mission as a great nation.

Our situation somehow reminds one of a passage in Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar
There is a tide in the affairs of men which,
taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life,
Is bound in shallows and miseries.

We have an opportunity. Let us take it.

Thank you

Muhammadu Buhari
President Federal Republic of NIGERIA
and Commander in-chief-of the Armed forces

Photo Credit: NAN-PHOTO


  1. @edDREAMZ

    May 29, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
    Man of the people. I believe yu whole heartedly no doubt…..

    • *curious*

      May 30, 2015 at 12:13 am

      Me too, my dear. No doubt ☺

    • Admin

      May 30, 2015 at 4:45 am

      What’s this? Please, don’t bring your Linda Ikeji style of comment and behaviour here. Thanks.

    • Me

      May 31, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      And u are better than those who comment on LIB? Wanna be

    • atoonamegh

      June 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      So much hope by Nigerians home and abroad. We wish Muhammadu Buhari and his team the best of luck.

  2. anonymous

    May 29, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    aisha looks good. Was it the Koran hes holding….I hope he doesnt imp[lement Sharia but whats up with the line up of thieves, abubakar, babangida shonekon obasanjo…nawa

    • Ngozi

      May 29, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Stop acting ignorant, when GEJ swore with a Bilble did he turn Nigeria to a Christian State? If Buhari didn’t turn Nigeria to an Islamic State when he was a Military ruler and he could do basically anything is it now under democracy he will?

    • kikiki

      May 29, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      @Ngozi you are fake your name is not Ngozi.

    • yinkus

      May 29, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      don’t be an idiot please

    • ABV

      May 29, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Your line of thinking is very backwards…. “whats he holding? the bible? I hope he doesn’t plan to make everyone of us Christians?” Now how does that sound? Stupid right?

    • Anon

      May 29, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Oath taking is done according to a person’s religion. Atheist take oaths with nothing (rather they take an oath on their honour) and I remember Prof. Wande Abimbola taking an oath with a symbol from ifa.

      Why will he implement the sharia? It’s not that easy.

      The line up – the bad bad cops! Maybe, except Shonekan.

    • hmmm

      May 29, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      He doesnt have the power to implement any such law.

    • heha

      May 29, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      I know! That picture made my blood boil! How can Babangida be allowed to show his face after he destroyed our country? And Obasanjo who has become an embarrassment in his old age? And the rest of those thieves were all useless. God help us.

    • essoak

      May 30, 2015 at 6:50 am

      Are you dull???? It is a line up of former presidents/heads of state – thieves or not, they have to be there!
      Yes it was a Qur’an, he has to take the oath of office by the holy book, he is a Muslim remember??

      Can we quit whipping up these baseless religious, ethnic, biased, irritating sentiments and get on with improving on our personal and nation lives?

  3. Rue

    May 29, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Jonathan the famzer! Lol. Sannu da zuwa baba

  4. Khadija

    May 29, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    My guy now that you are there Pls live up to your promises Abegi. Nigerians are expectant.

  5. Ebenezer u

    May 29, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I hope that one day Nigeria we be in peace I think God for everything he have Don and the once are head so to God be the glory in every thing and please BABA remember us as you have enter Sir.

  6. Kole

    May 29, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Tweet us your expectations of buhari’ first 100 days @naijaish

    • ola

      May 29, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      who are you?

  7. Busola Ogunjemilua

    May 29, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I believe in Buhari and I believe in Nigeria, theresgonna be positive change and I’m waiting patiently for that 2 happen.

  8. Young and Confused

    May 29, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Bravo Sir… Bravooo… I have an indifferent feeling about the GMB regime, but this Statement was apt and relatable to.. i like that he said “I belong to no one”… that the Center of Strategic military planning will be moved to Maiduguri to tackle BH, and that he plans to develop Agriculture… Dear GMB, Dunno if you or your beaRRiful daughter reads Bella Naija yeah, but all this 23 years 5 months and 17 days old Young and utterly confused man wants from you is Hope that will not be shortlived… We put our lives in your hands… even those of us who didnt vote for you… Please Dont fail us sir…

  9. Olori Tari

    May 29, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    …to finish the quote by Shakespeare for him:

    “…On such a full sea are we now afloat,
    And we must take the current when it serves,
    Or lose our ventures”.

    I was just jumping when he said that quote because it’s one of my favourite, if not the fave and for that I wouldn’t forget this speech when I’m passing down the story years to come. And yes, we must take every single opportunity and use them so we don’t become shallow and sad. We made it guys and its game time Nigeria. #ChangeIsHere

    PS: this is a shalla (shoutout) to Ada Nnewi…you’ve been FIERCE the whole election period till today. I like that you say what you believe in unapogetically and well you sure have patience. Sometimes, I wonder how you can reply some of these unbelievably partial and naive comments. I enjoy reading your political views, even when I sometimes disagree. You sure got that Ambo and Sai Baba wish! Be blessed✌?️

    Somebody cc her for me. Thanks

    • kikiki

      May 29, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Oloti tari how can you appreciate Ada nnewi spirals? She lacks social media etiquette so please condemn her.

    • JK

      May 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

      @Kikiki : u are a case…u can pick fight??? Ada nnewi is not that bad pls! U sound so naughty at times & can also be very funny.Ur response to Ngozi earlier got me laughing…u sound so sure!

    • Ada Nnewi

      May 30, 2015 at 1:07 am

      Air kisses to you Olori Tari :*…i’m extremely dogged when I believe in something, it’s a quality that has taken me far…

    • Mewe

      May 30, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Taken you far to where? BellaNaija? Keep deceiving yourselves…

  10. Chief Obidike Ajuluchuku

    May 29, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Have you ever hear of: “Man and his God” The two books, Koran and bible are similar in content , so to me, Buhari can swear to his God using the book of his choice. What all the rest us want is that he does not impose any of the contents of “His” Beliefs” on the rest of us.

  11. Professor X

    May 29, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Isn’t that the cabal I see at the inauguration ceremony? But that’s none of my business though. #SipsTea

    • Jhennique

      May 29, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      Ehen? so they should not be invited bcause they are the cabal?

    • molarah

      May 30, 2015 at 12:32 am

      They also happen to be ex-Heads of state.

      So yeah, we have to live with the fact that they’ll be around at every inauguration ceremony.

  12. jojo

    May 29, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Lord I pray for long and lasting peace in our nation. My prayer is that you will strike all our leaders with ur fear, so that they will not mis handle the power thaty is given to them. Father expose any one with evil intention against the unity, oneness, and progress of this nation. My Prayer is in Jesus name.

  13. Eze Solomon

    May 29, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    I will rule my country by HIS GRACE.

  14. Geepee

    May 29, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I truly did not really give President Buhari a chance but having read this, I can only pray that his goodwill towards this country finds full expression… And let us with patience give him all the support he need. God bless Nigeria!!!

  15. Evangelist Ugochukwu Cornels

    May 30, 2015 at 2:48 am

    While I congratulate you Mr. President, I would like to know how you know that the Chibok girls are still alive because you said in your speech that your government will do anything to see that you bring them baack alive.

  16. nobody

    May 30, 2015 at 7:11 am

    This is one great speech ever said… so sure IBB wasn’t comfortable sitting there….lol. pray almighty God gives our president the wisdom and strength to guide and rule Nigeria in the right path.

  17. Bayowilson

    May 30, 2015 at 11:35 am

    @Evangelist……… They have not been reported dead. or do you know their condition already? *wondering*

  18. Dj

    May 30, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Sai Baba. Sai Buhari. Congratulation sir. Igba e a tu wa lara in Naija. Baba you are handsome, disciplined, principled, resilient and cool. Omo Naija una no see wetin i see, the picture of Buhari and Jonathan, Baba is more handsome even at 72 with more charisma. E ma bu mi eyin elenu razor on bellanaija. Once a soldier always a soldier, energy dey for Buhari. Baba ori e w lorun e. Those people with pot bellies and and idi arere, this is CHANGE. Our leaders are role models they don’t eat anyhow and so they will not need 3 million for feeding allowance daily like before. Sigh.

  19. Manny

    May 30, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Shonekan looking like an aristo. IBB looking so old, OBJ looking so mischievous. Abdulsalam must be drinking blood, looks younger than his years.

  20. Owolabi JUbril

    May 31, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Honestly, it baffles me when you people are been biased when comes to religion. Why that stupid GEJ wasnt sworn in with Al-quran? So you people should just stop been biased. Afterall, you didnt vote for him. so say whatever you like.

  21. Brother J

    May 31, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Governance is not by talking. It is simply doing something needed. I know Nigerians do not expect any angel as a president. They don’t even expect the unattainable from him. They need simple things. Nigerians are hardworking people. They don’t need sharing of money; they need good jobs either in the offices or as self-employed. Let us keep praying for anyone God has allowed to be there for him to rule in the fear of God. And let us repent of our own misdeeds: the cheating, kidnapping and lying. We should work together to have a good government will be.

  22. phoeniX

    May 31, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    God bless Buhari, God bless Naija, God bless us all and blissful may your reign be.

  23. okonkwo ifunanya

    June 2, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Thank you Mr President………….l especially like this part …….He belongs to everybody and to nobody. We must give him a chance. Nigeria is a big Country and not an easy one to rule. I believe with unity from all sectors………Mr President will move this country. Fellow Nigerias pls let us forget the past and move forward. I wish you the best Mr President. May the Almighty God guide you in the execution of your duties. God bless our beloved country. I am proud.

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