Abuja, 29 May, 2023 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
It is “perplexing” that Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been sworn in as Nigeria’s new President despite the fact that the Presidential election petition has not yet been heard and determined, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese has said.
The swearing in of 71-year-old Tinubu took place on Monday, May 29 at the 5,000-capacity Eagle Square in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, amid enhanced security, according to media reports.
In his Pentecost Sunday Message published on May 28, Archbishop Kaigama says, "We all know that various court cases are pending. It would have been much better to conclude the courts cases about the elections first before the inauguration, but the law being the ‘ass’ that it is, sometimes allows things that are perplexing."
"Justice must be seen to be done for those sworn in, and also for those who may have genuine grievances and believe they have incontestable facts and evidence that would be in their favor. Our courts must provide a very strong hope for all Nigerians, not the ‘last hope’ as people often say, (because God is our last hope)," he says.
The Nigerian Catholic Archbishop adds, "Let justice and truth prevail at all times and in all places so that our nation will be the better for it, namely, that we all act justly, love tenderly and walk in humble fellowship with God.”