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‘Nigeria’s Inauguration Is No Cause Celebrè’ – Cardinal Onaiyekan, As South Africans Groove For Ramaphosa

The Oasis Reporters

May 26, 2019

Cardinal John Onaiyekan. Catholic Archbishop of Abuja.

As the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office approaches, Catholic Cardinal Onaiyekan has seen no reason for joy over the troubled nation beset by huge security problems.
While plans are in top gear for a celebration at Eagle Square in Abuja for the inauguration that is destined to be low key and sombre, lawyers are busy perfecting their assault and defence of the presidential election case at the Supreme Court over who actually won and who lost, due to the structure and design of Nigeria’s elections.

Cardinal John Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, said it is no time to celebrate electoral victory or the defeat of political opponents.

Onaiyekan, who gave the message titled ‘Let us choose life, not death (Deuteronomy 30:19)’ during the ongoing presidential inauguration interdenominational church service at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, called for spiritual reflection for the peace and prosperity of the nation.

He said, “The last election left thick clouds of acrimony that have yet to clear. This is no time for celebration of victory or defeat (of political opponents). Rather, it is time to pull our efforts together to tackle the serious challenges before us.
Bare-faced boasts and empty denials cannot build the nation.

“The Lord Jesus tells us that the truth will set us free. Our nation is not in a state to rejoice. Such wide socio-economic disparity has led to widespread anger, tension and outright criminality in the land. All is not well. But all is not lost.”

It is time to change habits of governance.

Onaiyekan stated, “Our ethnic diversity is God’s will and God’s gift that we ought to celebrate. In our emerging global world, we should be building on our long experience of living together along ethnic lines.

Cyril Ramaphosa (right) being sworn in as President of South Africa by the country’s Chief Justice.

The country with a smooth electoral run devoid of rigging and manipulations, the Republic of South Africa whose elections were observed by Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan, a man not fearful of losing elections, just inaugurated it’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Albeit, he got advice from Julius Malema, an opposition politician, with straight talk, “listen to the South African people that elected you, not to the Stellenboschs or the Oppenheimers ( meaning entrenched business interests run by former white supremacists), or” the people will remove “you”.
And they clapped and hugged.

Expressions of joy and fulfilment filled the air and Soweto Gospel Choir was there At the Loftus Versfeld Stadium for Cyril Ramaphosa’s inauguration as President of South Africa.

Hear them sing:

Many eminent personalities were there.

And the Namibian President :

So was President ED Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe :

Hao Mingjin, Chinese Premier’s special envoy was there as well :

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni came too

And guess what, he was also at Madiba Nelson Mandela’s inauguration too about 25 years ago !

Nelson Mandela was inaugurated on 10 May 1994, and he quit on 14 June 1999.

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda :

Narendra Modi of India :

Macky Sall of Senegal urges Cyril Ramaphosa to continue in the legacy of Nelson Mandela:

Angela Merkel of Germany :

Mohamed Farmaajo of Somalia :

President João Lourenço of the Republic of Angola was equally at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Tshwane after Ramaphosa’s Inauguration.

Faure Gnassingbe of Togo :

Nigerian born Prof. Akinwumi Adesina :

And the sweet icing of women empowerment in South Africa. Meet South Africa’s first female fighter pilot. She displayed her skills in the air on inauguration day.

That is as President Cyril Ramaphosa promises jobs and justice. He needs all the luck that he can get.

Credits: Twitter

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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