By Adebiyi Adedapo in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Nigerians for their perseverance in time of difficulties, as he urged countrymen not to lose confidence in government’s ability to bring about the desired change.
Buhari who spoke Friday night at the Vanguard Awards, said the government was keenly aware of the difficulties faced by Nigerians, especially from fuel scarcity, poor power supply and inflation.
“As a government that was propelled into office by the power of the people, we cannot but feel the pains of our compatriots, and we deeply empathise with them. We are working round the clock to ease the pains of Nigerians, and the efforts of the government have started yielding fruits as we seek to make the petroleum products available nationwide, restore gas supply to the power generating firms, reflate the economy and put Nigerians back to work,” he said.
President Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said he understands that Nigerians have started questioning whether this indeed is the CHANGE they voted for, while some have even gone as far as saying that by voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigerians have entered “One Chance”.
“Well, I can tell Nigerians that our Change Agenda is real, and that indeed, they will get the change they voted for. Nigerians have not entered ‘One Chance’, because the ‘One Chance’ drivers and their conductors have been driven out of town,’” said the President. “Change is a process, and that process has begun. The pains of today are temporary, and will soon give way to abundance of joy as we put our country firmly on the path of sustainable growth and development.”
The President said all Nigerians, the Civil Society Organisations and the media are the real heroes of the last general elections in particular and the country’s democracy in general, adding: “And they, more than anyone or group of people, deserve all the accolades.’”
He commended the media for the role it played in ensuring the relative success of the last general elections, and the resilience of the nation’s democracy since the beginning of this Republic.