Ex-Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan were remarkably absent at Eagle Square, Abuja, when President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo took the oath of office for their second term on wednesday.
Ibrahim Muhammad, acting chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), had administered the oath of office on Buhari and Osinbajo, with their wives standing beside them.
This was followed by the lowering and hoisting of national and defence flags; 21 gun salutes and the inspection of the guard of honour by the president amid cheers from guests.
The event was attended by former and serving governors, service chiefs, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the federal executive council, Senate President Bukola Saraki; Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, among others.
Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling party, were also present.
But both Obasanjo and Jonathan were absent. Both had endorsed Atiku Abubkar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the general election.