Today, May 29, marks exactly one year since Bola Ahmed Tinubu took the oath of office as the president of the largest black nation on earth, Nigeria.

Tinubu was sworn in as the fifth democratically elected president, since the return of democracy in 1999, following his victory in the keenly-contested 2023 presidential election.

Tinubu, 72, who contested on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, emerged victorious against his closest rivals, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP.

His victory was, however, greeted with mixed reactions, with allegations of electoral malpractice and a heated legal battle that followed.

Despite the controversy, Tinubu’s inauguration on May 29, 2023, marked the beginning of a new chapter in Nigeria’s democratic journey.

Newsmen observed that the past year has been characterised by significant political dynamics, with Tinubu’s administration navigating a complex landscape of expectations, challenges and diverse opinions on its performance and policies.

The administration’s policies and decisions have triggered a broad spectrum of reactions from different segments of the society, thereby creating a “gbas gbos” across the nation.

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Many political observers believe that Tinubu took off on the wrong note with the announcement of the removal of fuel subsidy on the day of his inauguration.

The President himself admitted that the removal of fuel subsidy was not part of his inaugural speech, but he “went out of his way” to announce it in the best interest of Nigerians

May 29, 2024

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