Muhammadu-Buhari

says change slogan is not a campaign gimmick

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said his administration would never allow any group to hold the nation to ransom under whatever guise.

This was contained in his Christmas message to Nigerians which he personally signed.

Though the President did not mention any group, there has been agitation for self autonomy by Movement for the Actualisation for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

“We must never again allow any group to hold the nation to ransom under whatever guise,” the President said.

While urging Nigerians to remember victims of terrorism and insurgency in the country, especially Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, Buhari noted that the Federal Government would continue to collaborate with state governments and other stakeholders to ease the harsh conditions of these Nigerians, stressing that the ultimate objective remains to quickly put an end to insurgency and return the displaced to their homes Buhari said his administration was determined to bring about tangible changes in the lives of Nigerians, stressing that the current socio-economic and security challenges should not be allowed to dampen expectations for a better country

The President stated that the change slogan of his government was not a campaign gimmick but a promise that must be kept.

According to him, efforts would be intensified to recover stolen funds, block revenue leakages and enthrone due process, transparency and accountability. He said public office was a public trust that must be held to the highest ethical standards

The President stated that his administration has taken a number of measures to restore hope to the people as the 2016 budget has defined the commitment to giving Nigeria a new lease of life.

He noted that on this occasion of the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, all Nigerians need to rededicate themselves to the virtues of peace, love, honesty, justice, equity, piety, humility and service to others which he taught.

There can be no doubt that a greater manifestation of these virtues and ideals in our lives will immensely help us to become a more united, peaceful, secure and progressive nation. “Let us also reach out in love and compassion to fellow Nigerians, who are in distress at this period of our nation’s history.

“I particularly urge you all to remember victims of terrorism and insurgency in the country, especially Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.

“The Federal Government will continue to collaborate with state governments and other stakeholders to ease the harsh conditions in IDP camps, while the ultimate objective remains to quickly put an end to insurgency and return the IDPs to their homes,” he said.

Meanwhile, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and predecessor, David Mark have urged Nigerians to persevere in the face of current harsh economic climate.

In separate messages to Nigerians, the lawmakers urged peace, love and unity as Nigerians savor the joy of the season. Saraki urged Nigerians to ensure that their actions are predicated on peace, love and unity which he said were the virtues needed to rebuild the country.

He urged Nigerians to renew their faith in God and remain dedicated to the course of national development in the true spirit of Christmas, which epitomises love, perseverance, patience, brotherly kindness and the spirit of sharing. The Senate president, however, urged Nigerians, most especially motorists, traveling during this Yuletide period to be cautious and drive carefully on the highways.

He said as Nigerians celebrate, they must ensure that the virtues were crucial to the developmental drive of the present administration and that the country takes her rightful place as a proud member of the international community.

He described the economic challenges facing the nation as a result of dwindling revenue inflow into the Federation Account as a passing phase which will surely give way to a better future.

Ekweremadu on his part urged the Christian faithful to follow the footsteps of Christ and pursue peace, unity, and love towards all men.

The Senator said the present economic challenges were another bitter pill arising from the dismantling of fiscal federalism, which he noted, had promoted competitive development, industry, accountability, and good governance in the golden era of the nation’s federalism.

He urged the Christian faithful to use the occasion of the Christmas to further commit the nation to God and reach out to the less privileged in the society.

Mark also urged Nigerians to persevere under the current security and socio-political challenges saying, “this period calls for sober reflection and a resolve to support the efforts of government to overcome the challenges.”

He called on both Christians and Muslims to embrace one another in the spirit of the season to commemorate the celebration of Christmas and Eid-Malaud, which he noted, calls for peace, love, unity and good neighbourliness .

Mark pointed out that the current security, economic and socio-political challenges facing the nation are surmountable if everyone contributes positively towards finding a sustainable solution.

He urged Nigerians not allow political affiliations undermine national interest saying that irrespective of different political parties “we must remember that Nigeria is one nation of a people with a common interest and welfare of citizens remain the ultimate goal.”

The former Senate President also advocated for positive synergy between the executive and legislative arms of government without compromising their separate constitutional mandates in order to facilitate the delivery of dividends of democracy to the ordinary man.

He stressed that collaboration between and among the separate arms of government is inevitable because “it makes for a healthy and smooth working relationship for public officers to deliver the goods to the people.”

Mark counseled that all actions and policies of government must be peoplecentered in order to achieve the target of uplifting the living standards of the citizens.

Furthermore, he urged citizens to reciprocate government’s good intentions by being law abiding and supporting constituted authorities as a needed partnership to promote democracy and bring development

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