The federal government ordered the restriction of movement around the Plaza del Águila, site of the inauguration parade, from 2:00 p.m. on Friday to Tuesday.
The government, in a circular issued by Ngozi Onwudiwe, permanent secretary to the Chief of the Civil Service, said that the Federal Secretariat Complexes Phases I, II, III and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be cordoned off by security agents before the ceremony.
President-elect Bola Tinubu and his vice-president, Kashim Shettima, will be sworn in on May 29. In recent weeks, different branches of the military have been holding drills before the inauguration ceremony.
“As you may know, the Presidential Transitional Council (PTC) has revealed the activities that will mark the 2023 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony. The Inauguration Parade and Swearing In of President Elect Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, which is the climax of the Program, will take place on Monday, May 29, 2023 at Eagle Square, Central Business District, Abuja.
“In accordance with the security provisions for the event, the Complexes of the Federal Secretariat Phases I, II, III and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be cordoned off by security agents from 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023 until on Monday, May 29, 2023.
“Consequently, officers and potential visitors to the affected areas will not be able to access until Tuesday, May 30, 2023, when work will resume in earnest,” the circular says.
Mr. Tinubu’s victory is being challenged in the presidential election petition court by three presidential candidates, including Atiku Abubakar of the Democratic Party of the Peoples (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labor Party.
In addition to the ongoing court, there have been pockets of protest from some members of the opposition who believe that Mr. Tinubu did not comply with the constitutional requirement.
Mr. Tinubu in the February 25 election garnered 8,794,726 votes and secured the threshold of 25 percent of the total vote in 29 states, but failed to reach the threshold in the FCT.