Zuma, Mugabe, 24 Others grace Jonathan's Inauguration
Presidents Jacob Zuma (South Africa), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), and Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), were among the twenty-six Presidents and Heads of Government who witnessed the inauguration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as President at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
But former Nigerian Military rulers, General Ibrahim Babangida and Major General Muhammadu Buhari did not join their colleagues at the inauguration.
Other foreign leaders were Prof. Attah Mills (Ghana), Joseph Kabila (Democratic Republic of Congo), Ellen Johnson-Sileaf (Liberia), Abdoulaye Wade(Senegal), Faure Gnassingbe(Togo), Ahmadu Toure (Mali), Alassane Ouatarra (Cote d' Ivoire), Paul Kegame (Rwanda), George Maxwell -Richard (Trinidad & Tobago), and Blaise Compaore (Burkina Faso).
Also in attendance were the vice-presidents of Burundi, The Gambia, Kenya , Tanzania , Zambia, Swaziland, Georgia, Ethiopia and Zambia as well as ex-Ghananian President Jerry Rawling and former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda.
Others were Barnabas Dlamini (Swaziland), Francois Bozize (Central African Republic), Idriss Deby (Chad), Seso Nweso (Congo Brazzaville), Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo(Equatorial Guinea), Ali Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), Alpha Conde (Guinea Bissau), Mahamadou Issoufou(Niger), Lukas Bahamba (Namibia), Frandique de Menezes-(Sao Tome & Principe), Mohammed Abdelaziz-Saharawi (Arab Democratic Republic) and Ernest Koroma (Sierra Leon).
Five Nigerian former leaders — Shehu Shagari, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ernest Shonekan, Yakubu Gowon and Abubakar Salami— also graced the well attended ceremony.