Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said on Tuesday that Dr. William Ruto’s inauguration as Kenya’s fifth President is a celebration of democracy and democratic institutions in Africa.
The Vice-President also said, “Whenever we talk about the celebration of democracy, we are really talking about the celebration of our institutions, the institutions that undergird democracy and the rule of law.”
“I think that what we have seen here in Kenya and the swearing-in of Dr. William Ruto is really evidence of robust institutions doing what they ought to do,” the Nigerian VP said, according to a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.
“It is a great example and we are all extremely pleased.
“And I’m sure you have seen, from all of the African Heads of State and Governments and their representatives who are present here today, that there is an atmosphere of elation and joy because this worked,” Osinbajo added.
The oath-taking ceremonies by the newly elected President and his deputy – Rigathi Gachagua – as well as the handover of instruments of power and a copy of Kenya’s Constitution from former President Uhuru Kenyatta to Ruto were highlights of the event.
Twenty African Heads of State and Government, as well as their representatives, including the Presidents of South Africa – Cyril Ramaphosa, Chad – Mahamat Idriss Déby, Tanzania – Samia Suluhu, Seychelles – Wavel Ramkalawan, Uganda – Yoweri Museveni, Rwanda – Paul Kagame, South Sudan – Salva Kiir, Burundi – Évariste Ndayishimiye, Zimbabwe – Emmerson Mnangagwa, and Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo were present at President Ruto’s inauguration.