With just 6 days to go before the May 29 inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as President, about 50 heads of state from across the world have booked their tickets for the event.
The Chairman of the Media and Publicity Sub-Committee of the Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee, and Minister of Culture and Tourism, Chief Edem Duke unveiled the attendance list in Abuja while briefing journalists on preparations for the one week programme, which started yesterday with Jumaat prayer at the National Mosque, Abuja. He said: “As we speak, the 54 countries of the continent of Africa have been invited. Very many of the heads of state will be coming.
“There has been a huge interest, especially, from heads of countries in Europe to attend this inauguration and at the last count, I think we must have in excess of about 50 heads of state and delegations expected at this inauguration."
The minister stressed that a high security strategy was being put in place for a hitch-free inauguration, adding that all invitees for the various segments of the inauguration would be subjected to thorough screening.
Speaking further, the minister emphasised that not all residents of the city need to throng the venue of the inauguration as big screens would be stationed at various points in the city to beam live proceedings of the inauguration.
In a related development, the Minister denied reports in a section of the media claiming that the inauguration would gulp N3 billion. According to him, "less than N2 billion will be spent for a befitting inauguration".