+ Hands Over Transition Documents
President Muhammadu Buhari has conferred the two highest National Honours on the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, at a ceremony attended and witnessed by dignitaries including members of the diplomatic corps.
The ceremony, which took place on Thursday, May 25, 2023, held amid very tight security at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja.
The award of the National Honours in the category of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON) to the President-elect and Vice President-elect respectively, as well as the official hand over of Transition of Documents ceremonies is an integral part of events lined up for the inauguration of the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The conferment of the highest national honour of the rank of the GCFR by President Buhari on his successor and the conferment of the rank of GCON is in accordance with the tradition of honouring all Nigerian presidents and Vice Presidents respectively.
The guests in their hundreds, including governors and Ministers, braced the State House snail-speed security checks on the roads from the Federal Secretariat and Fire Service routes, to witness the epoch making conferment being witnessed by many in the hall filled to capacity.
Speaking on the occasion, President Buhari declared that he was confident that Nigeria was in capable hands.
He also said he had ran a good race and finished the fight and it’s now time for him to pass on the baton.
The President urged his successor not to forget that leadership comes with enormous responsibility.
Earlier in his speech, Tinubu declared that he understood the honour given to him and the Vice President-elect and the magnitude of the task ahead.