Movement around Eagle Square, the venue for the upcoming handover and inauguration parade in Abuja, has been restricted by the federal government.
News About Nigeria reports that Bola Tinubu, who is set to assume the role of president, and Kashim Shettima, the vice president-elect, will be sworn in on May 29, signifying the commencement of a new administration.
Ngozi Onwudiwe, a permanent secretary in the office of the head of civil service, issued a statement outlining the security measures being implemented for the ceremony.
According to the statement, the ministry of foreign affairs and the Federal Secretariat Complex Phases I, II, and III will be blocked off by security personnel leading up to the event.
The restriction will take effect from 2pm on Friday and will conclude on Tuesday.
The statement referred to the activities planned for the 2023 presidential inauguration ceremony as unveiled by the presidential transition council (PTC).
The highlight of the program will be the inauguration parade and swearing-in of President-Elect, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Monday, May 29, 2023, at the Eagle Square in Abuja’s Central Business District.
Considering the security arrangements in place, the Federal Secretariat Complexes Phases I, II, and III, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be cordoned off by security operatives starting from 2pm on Friday, May 26, 2023, until Monday, May 29, 2023.
Consequently, officers and individuals intending to visit the affected areas will not be granted access until Tuesday, May 30, 2023, when normal activities will resume.
In preparation for the inauguration ceremony, various branches of the military have been conducting drills over the past few weeks.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has expressed awareness of plans by “subversive elements” to disrupt the significant event.