Unusual Large American Delegation Set To Attend The Presidential Inauguration Come May 29

International interest in Nigeria’s political transition and
the planned transfer of power from the Jonathan-Sambo presidency to the
Buhari-Osinbajo presidency billed May 29, has risen in the United States as
President Barack Obama now considers sending a high-powered U.S. to the event,
officials said Wednesday.
U.S. government sources said that Mr. Obama is considering
who might lead the American representatives at the event.

Besides, at least two US ivy universities-Harvard and Yale –
have since held special review sessions where scholars were invited from around
the U.S. and the world to give lectures and seminars on the outcome of the
Nigerian elections, focusing on the emergence of a former military head of
state, who is a Moslem from the North of Nigeria, and a Christian pastor, who
is a law professor from the South as president-elect and vice president-elect
Three names are already being mentioned in official US and
diplomatic circles including Obama’s wife, the American First Lady, Michelle,
Vice President Joe Biden and the Secretary of State, John Kerry, as the head of
the presidential delegation. From the U.S. Congress also, some of the senior
members are said to be planning to attend the event including the Chairman of
the US House of Representatives Sub Committee on Africa, Congressman Chris
The U.S. President normally announces a delegation to the
presidential inaugurations of friendly nations being led by the Ambassador in
that country. But in rare occasions, he picks very senior public officials as
the head of delegation when he wants to underscore and emphasis a point of how
the US highly regards the country or the circumstances at a given point in
Nigeria’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ade Adefuye, said, “I have
been told that there would be an unusually large American delegation that will
attend the presidential inauguration on May 29.”

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