SWITZERLAND, MAY 25 – Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has represented President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Government at the inauguration of the newly-elected South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday.
Osinbajo, who left Abuja on Friday evening was accompanied by the Foreign Affairs Minister,
“VP Osinbajo now in Pretoria, South Africa representing Nigeria at the Presidential Inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa, who praises countries that helped the South African nation in it’s tough times,” Osinbajo’s media aide, Laolu Akande wrote on Saturday.
One of the richest businessmen in South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa was elected earlier this month with a majority of 57.5%, the smallest since the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party came to power 25 years ago.
Mr Ramaphosa initially took over from Jacob Zuma in 2018 after Mr Zuma was accused of corruption.
“This is a defining moment for a young nation like ours,” the president said in his speech in front of 32,000 people at the rugby stadium in Pretoria.
“There shall no longer be any person in this land who will be unable to meet their basic needs,” he promised.
Heads of state from more than 40 countries attended the inauguration and Mr Ramaphosa thanked them for their “sacrifices and tireless contributions” for the “liberation of our land”.
He paid tribute to Nelson Mandela and said that in the 25 years since Mr Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president the country had “known both seasons of plenty and times of scarcity”.