Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday at 6 pm Nigeria time, succeeding Barack Obama.
Trump, wearing a dark suit with red tie, is taking control of America in a transition of power that he has declared will lead to “America First” policies at home and abroad.
The President and First lady, Melania Trump, clad in a classic-styled, powder blue ensemble, then headed into the White House for a meeting with Obama and his wife, Michelle.
Trump raised his right hand and put his left on a Bible used by Abraham Lincoln and repeated a 35-word oath of office from the US Constitution, with US Chief Justice, John Roberts, presiding.
Mike Pence was also sworn-in as the 48th Vice President of the US at exactly 11:55am or 5:55pm Nigerian time.
The Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Vice Presidential oath of office was administered by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Trump, in his inaugural address, thanked former President Obama and the former First Lady for being gracious to see the transition went smoothly.
Trump said: “We are not taking power from one president to the other or from one party to the other, but we are taking power from Washington to you, the people.
“January 20, 2017 will go into history as a day that the people become the president of this country again.”
Trump pledged that the people would be the focus of his administration, stressing that he would be the president of all Americans.
He said: “The oath of office I take today is the oath of allegiance to all Americans.”
He also promised to concentrate on the security of the country, lamenting that America spent trillions of dollars to secure other peoples countries.
He also promised to make affordable education, healthcare and housing the hallmark of his administration.