IN SHORT: With Bola Tinubu set to officially take over as Nigeria’s president on 29 May 2023, there are many false claims circulating on social media about his election victory and inauguration. One of those is that his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, has said Tinubu won’t be sworn in until he’s cleared by the courts. But it’s not true.
A message circulating on Facebook claims Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari said president-elect Bola Tinubu won’t be sworn in until he is cleared by the court.
The Facebook post reads: “Tinubu cannot be sworn in as President of Nigeria on the 29th of May until he is cleared by the court and well-satisfied by the court to assume the seat of the president – Buhari assured Nigerians.”
It quotes Buhari as saying: “We can't give a man power when his election bide are still in court, he will use his power if given, to overshadow the court.”
It also links to an article on a news blog called Igbo Times Magazine, with the same headline.
But did Buhari say Tinubu wouldn’t be sworn in until the courts confirmed his 2023 presidential election victory?
Tinubu not mentioned in Buhari’s speech
The Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) declared Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) the president-elect after he received the highest number of votes in the 25 February presidential election.
He is expected to be sworn in on 29 May, when Buhari leaves office.
However, since 1999, Nigerian presidents have been inaugurated despite unresolved election petitions. The court cases have gone on for months after the swearing-in ceremony but a presidential election result has never been overturned.
He did not mention Tinubu, the presidential election petitions or the inauguration.
There is no evidence Buhari said Tinubu wouldn’t be sworn in until the courts had cleared him.
Such claims could spark protests and should not be shared.
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