Yemi Osinbajo departs Abuja for Kenya

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

By Chijioke Okoronkwo

Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, will on Tuesday depart Abuja for Nairobi to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the inauguration of William Ruto as the fifth President of Kenya.

This is contained in a statement issued by Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President.

Osinbajo will join other leaders across Africa and beyond for the swearing-in ceremony at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, with about 20 heads of state expected to grace the ceremony.

Outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta will hand over the instruments of power, including a ceremonial sword and a copy of Kenya’s Constitution, to the new president.

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Nigeria and Kenya share very warm and long-standing diplomatic relations underpinned by strong economic cooperation and cultural affinities.

The vice president is accompanied on the trip by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada, and the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Sen. Babafemi Ojudu.

Osinbajo will return to Abuja later on Tuesday.


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