Goodluck Jonathan’s Inauguration: Video, Speech Text, and Reactions

Yesterday Goodluck Jonathan was inaugurated for a full term as president of Nigeria. Al Jazeera and Reuters have video of the event (see below), and Vanguard has the text of Jonathan’s speech. The speech emphasized the theme of national unity, touched on Jonathan’s personal history, and discussed several specific issues, including the situation in the Niger Delta.

Voice of America and the Nigerian newspaper Next have reports on the event. The latter lists the foreign dignitaries in attendance:

Among the heads of state in attendance were Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe); Sirleaf Ellen-Johnson (Liberia); Atta Mills (Ghana); Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal); Allasane Ouattara (Cote d’Ivoire); Joseph Kabila (Congo DCR); Jacob Zuma (South Africa); among others from Mali, Uganda, Sao Tome and Principe, Benin Republic, Chad, Zambia, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Rwanda, Saharawi Republic, Seirraleon, Trinidad and Tobago, Togo, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Vice President of Kenya, Vice President of Burundi, Vice President Gambia, Vice President of Republic of Korea, Vice President of Zambia, Prime Minister of Georgia, Prime Minister of Swaziland, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, former President of Zambia and a special envoy of the President of China.

The United States sent Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson.

Reactions to the event, and to Jonathan’s re-election, have appeared throughout the Nigerian and international press. What is your reaction? Were you there? What are your expectations for Jonathan’s new term?

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