Buhari has sworn in INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu for a second term

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as the new chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The swearing-in ceremony took place before the start of the 27th Executive Council session chaired by President Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa Presidential Palace on Wednesday.

Professor Yakubu is the first chairman of the board to be re-appointed and will lead for the next five years.

“We have made it clear in recent elections that the elections are getting better and will continue to improve,” Professor Yakubu said shortly after his inauguration.

His second term is expected to take effect on Wednesday evening, December 9, 2020. He has been stepping down since November 9 after his first term ended, with a commissioner taking over the reins.

Buhari first appointed Mahmood Yakubu in October 2015 and is in charge of conducting the 2019 general elections.

Traditionally, the Executive Council, which is held every Wednesday, is attended by all ministers and other senior government officials.

Buhari is expected to appear before the Nigerian House of Representatives on Thursday to brief them on the security situation in the country, especially in the North.

But on Tuesday, the president said they were working to provide the military with the weapons it needs to fight piracy and the Boko Haram militant group.

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