We are Working Hard to Overcome Our Challenges, President Assures Nigerians

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Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday assured Nigerians that his administration was “working very hard” to overcome the challenges it encountered on assumption of office.

“We are moving on with an unshaken resolve and determination to deliver on the mandate you gave us on March 28, last year,” the President said in his Easter message, where he also thanked Nigerians for their patience and understanding in the first ten months of his administration.

Assuring Nigerians that his government will deliver on its promised change, he said “that change, which we all yearn for, will certainly occur more rapidly if we all place the love of our country above selfish personal and group interests.”

The President also commented on the 2016 budget passed last week by the National Assembly, promising to ensure that the budget was faithfully implemented to grow the economy.

“I assure all Nigerians that we will do our utmost best to ensure that the budget, the first since my election as President, is efficiently and successfully implemented towards achieving our objective of faster economic growth and development,” he said.

Buhari added his administration was determined to achieve greater peace and security across the nation by ending the avoidable conflicts and crises hindering national progress.

He therefore solicited for greater support from all Nigerians in this regard, adding that “We must put a stop to politically motivated killings. Our communities must be made safe again for all inhabitants to live together in peace and harmony.”

He asked all Nigerian to play their parts as patriotic citizens and do all that they could to make Nigeria a safer, more peaceful and happier place for its people and others.

Noting that the armed forces, police and other security agencies were being progressively reformed, repositioned and empowered to win the war against terrorism and make mass killings, abductions and other criminal atrocities things of the past in the country, the President said the unfortunate notoriety in recent years as a country where the blood of men, women and children were wantonly and callously shed in frequent orgies of criminal, political, ethnic and religious violence had become very embarrassing and utterly unacceptable.

Commenting the significance of Easter and relating it to the Nigerian situation, he said: “For Christians all over the world, this celebration is in commemoration of the supreme sacrifice which Jesus Christ made for the salvation of mankind.

“The Gospels also tell us that during his earthly ministry, Jesus Christ repeatedly urged his disciples and followers to ‘love one another as I have loved you’.

“As we celebrate Easter this year, I sincerely believe that it will serve our dear nation very well if we all imbibe this essential message of Jesus Christ and truly learn to love our countrymen and women as we love ourselves.”

He said: “we will make faster progress towards the achievement of the peaceful, united, strong, progressive and prosperous country we all desire if, as a nation, we eschew all divisive, parochial, ethnic and religious sentiments and rivalries, and begin to live more harmoniously with our compatriots, as Jesus Christ and the founders of the world’s other great religions enjoined mankind.

He said: “Faith, belief and the fulfilment of expectations are also key themes of the Easter celebration. I urge you all therefore, to continue to have faith in the future greatness of our country and to believe that the change my administration promised will surely come to fruition.”

  • Jon West

    Boy oh Boy, the Islamic Fundamentalist is extolling the virtues of Jesus Christ? Times must be hard and he must be running scared. Now he wants to be accepted by the Christians as his incompetence becomes more glaring. Good for you Certificateless One. However beware of a fatwa on your head from your mates who see your current utterances as blasphemy. Kai!! Political survival is really a great leveller. Sai Baba!! Sai One Chance!!

  • Daniel Obior

    We are tired of assurances, Mr President. Do not expect us to continue to trust you when there is practically nothing on the ground in 10 whole months, but worthless lies and propaganda..

    • vic

      this daura beggar is an insane joker!!

  • vic

    BUHARI, YOU ARE WORKING HARD FOR YOUR OWN DEEP POCKETS ONLY, NOT FOR THE UNSUSPECTING NIGERIANS.

    TELL US, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR POOR MASSES OF NIGERIA FOR THE PAST 10 MONTHS OF YOUR LOUSY ADMINISTRATION.???? WHAT IS ON THE GROUND SO FOR, FOR THE POOR MASSES AND THE FEDERAL PENSIONERS OF NIGERIA??? WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO CHEAT AND TELL LIES TO NIGERIAN MASSES????? YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF AND APOLOGIZE TO NIGERIANS FOR YOUR LOUSINESS IN IMPLEMENTING THE PROGRAMMES AND TELL THEM EXACTLY WHEN WILL THE PROGRAMMES IMPLEMENTED.

    NIGERIAN PUBLIC ARE NOW LOSING THEIR PATIENCE WITH YOU AND YOUR LIKES. MR BUHARI, MEASURE UP TO YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES.

  • vincentumenyiora

    Well, whoever drafted this address should have added – “……. in conjunction with Christ’s injunctions about peace and love for your fellow men and women, my government shall look into the vexed complaints by the youths in Nigeria in the coming months vis-à-vis the recommendations in the 2014 Confab Meeting!” if you did, this part of the address would have re-assured Nigerians within and outside it, and will endear the President more purposefully even about the change he talked (is on) about for Nigeria! This is my thinking in consonance/ essence with (of) what we are celebrating and the universe doing so too! About time those advising should be thinking hard about what contributes to grounds conducive for (enabling) industrial growth in any economy not peace on the lips only but is reality – my premonition just told me this, folks!

  • Festus Oyedele

    After one year in power, nothing significant to show brothers and sisters. May God have mercy on the educated illiterates that rule us. They remain clueless, directionless,insensitive, aimless, stagnant, significantly fruitless and ravaging sycophants. Things are actually worse. Nobody convicted for the billions stolen. Increase in high crime, corruption and suffering. Even former Petroleum minister is sitting with her stolen loot. The Poor masses are fighting for petrol at the pumps and a minister is saying we all can go to hell for all he cares. Absolute shame, SHAME and Shame to the powers that be.

    • UOU

      You forgot osun state that got a stipend, N6m as monthly allocations last February 2016?

  • JASKET

    I AM SURPRISE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT TALK ABOUT FUEL SCARCITY THAT HAS ENGULF THE WHOLE NATION TO THE EXTENT THAT PETROL IS NOW SELLING AT 170 NAIRA PER LITRE WHICH WE HAVE NEVER WITNESS IN THE NIGERIAN HISTORY. WE ADVICE THE PRESIDENT SHOULD HENCEFORTH SUSPEND ALL HIS DIPLOMATIC SHUTTLES PENDING SEING IMPROVEMENT IN THE ADEQUACY OF PETROL AND RELATED PRODUCTS IN THE COUNTRY. A WORD SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO WISE.

  • DAVID OGINNI

    The preaching or advice should go to your tribes men and women bcos they have been the one killing other tribes, kidnaping, converting them forcefully and marrying them forcefully coming to Lagos and even killing Lagosian in the land. etc. the East,South, west don`t really have that hatred or killing in the name of religion. but your people do so pls tell your people and make reform in your religion to tolerate other people and religion. you took a nation of divers ethnic and religions to join Saudi Coalition without other concept and today you are telling us this bullshit. except you change your ways, prepare for the worst.

    God bless Nigeria.

  • William Norris

    This Brainless Bubu should just SHUT UP if he’s not willing to do what must be done to improve the quality of life for Nigerians!!!

    I just bought petrol at an ILLEGAL price of 150 in PH, in the heartland of Nigerian petroleum production. There was just a short queue. Meanwhile I passed an NNPC station selling at 86 and the queue was about a mile long.

    SIMPLE SOLUTION – do I need to explain ??? Damn !!!

  • MaskedPhantom

    I must confess that I used to root for Buhari, especially during the campaigns of last year. He seemed to be the epitome of honesty, patriotic zeal and a with a fervor to right the ills of our society. This new version of Buhari is quite hard to swallow. Loquacious, given to blowing hot air and quite outrightly spewing out falsehoods and fake promises. This change, na wa o.

  • UOU

    We the masses are also working hard, in fact, tirelessly and relentlessly, to overcome your shameless lies, propaganda and evil intents, my buhari, the certificate forger, old fool. Take it from me