2021: Full textual content of Buhari’s New 12 months message to Nigerians
NEW YEAR SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
1ST JANUARY 2021
My fellow countrymen and girls,
First, I want to thank and reward the Almighty who noticed us via the 12 months 2020 and has given us the chance to witness the beginning of one other new 12 months. We particularly thank God as a result of the 12 months 2020 was one of the making an attempt years since our existence as a Nation.
2. This will also be mentioned about all different nations world wide, as a result of challenges posed on our collective humanity by the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
3. Whereas acknowledging that 2020 was a really powerful 12 months, we noticed this 12 months put to check our nationwide resilience and talent to outlive these powerful instances and likewise gave renewed hope that we’ll once more courageous any storms that lay forward in 2021 and past.
4. As we rejoice the chance earlier than us on this New 12 months 2021, we should additionally acknowledge the passing away of our brothers and sisters who didn’t make it into this New 12 months. Might their souls relaxation in good peace.
5. We should do not forget that we additionally celebrated the historic event of our sixty years as an impartial and sovereign nation on October 1st 2020. Within the spirit of hope and gratitude, I want to remind us once more that as a rustic on the troublesome journey to nationhood and greatness, we now have confounded the various pundits at house and world wide who by no means gave the newly-born nation that emerged unto the world stage on 1st October 1960 an opportunity of surviving for much longer than a couple of years.
6. But, right here we’re, 61 years by the subsequent anniversary in October, and never solely are we right here, we’re standing tall within the comity of countries as one nation united below the need of God and likewise actively rising that indivisible Nigerian spirit that has enabled us, 12 months after 12 months, decade after decade, to climate all stormy waters and emerge stronger and higher the place others have fallen and disintegrated. This nation, this Nigeria will survive and thrive.
7. On this journey to nationhood, we now have skilled the highs and lows. 2020 certainly got here with a variety of challenges starting from safety and financial points throughout the areas to comprehensible protests that have been primarily led by our youths and served discover to the demand for police reforms and accountability. This authorities heard, this authorities listened and this authorities is dedicated to fulfilling the 5 calls for of our youths, absolutely understanding that all of us want effectively for Nigeria.
8. Within the midst of all these challenges, I had initially pledged that as your elected President and Commander-in-Chief, I’d be certain that these ongoing challenges can be confronted head-on with renewed dedication and with all of the appropriateness and urgency required. Your voices have been heard and we’d proceed to take heed to you, and all the important thing stakeholders who’re dedicated to the unity of Nigeria to make sure that each area of this nation is protected for us all, whereas guaranteeing that the long run can also be safe for the approaching era.
9. I want to additionally use this event of New 12 months to reaffirm my dedication to the folks of Nigeria, particularly the youth who want our collective encouragement and help. In securing this nation we have to safe the way forward for our youth.
10. Our younger individuals are our most precious pure useful resource, at house and overseas. Their ingenuity, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit is clear to all. Lots of our younger individuals are excelling in varied spheres of life together with sports activities, leisure, data and communication expertise, commerce and are globally acknowledged as achievers.
11. As a Authorities we’re dedicated to actively partaking with the inventive energies of our younger folks. On this regard, we’ll associate with the legislature to develop an enabling atmosphere to show their passions into concepts that may be supported, groomed and scaled throughout areas. It will create huge alternatives in fintech, agriculture, enterprise course of startups and within the leisure trade.
12. The 12 months 2021 will certainly be a 12 months the place we’ll work to bolster the hopes of fellow Nigerians within the imaginative and prescient of a united and progressive Nigeria. This administration would proceed specializing in delivering key strategic priorities below our “SEA” – (Safety, Financial system and Anti-Corruption) Agenda. Among the key precedence areas we might direct our consideration and strengths to incorporate:
ON THE SECURITY:
13. Re-energizing and reorganizing the safety equipment and personnel of the armed forces and the police with a view to reinforce their capability to interact, push again and dismantle the operations of each inner and exterior extremist and felony teams waging warfare in opposition to our communities in some components of the nation.
14. In step with the present safety challenges, we face as a Nation, I want to reiterate the promise I made lately when over 300 of our boys kidnapped from Authorities Science Secondary Faculty, Kankara have been efficiently rescued by our safety operatives.
15. The professionalism proven by our Safety Forces and the collaboration from all stakeholders throughout each State and Federal Governments that led to the profitable rescue of the boys is proof that Nigeria has the inner capability to decisively cope with terror assaults on our residents.
16. Nevertheless, we acknowledge that we quickly have to maneuver to a extra proactive and preemptive posture to make sure that these types of traumatic incidents don’t turn out to be a norm. Our administration is absolutely conscious of the duty we now have to guard the lives and property of all Nigerians, and we won’t relent in studying and adapting to altering threats to our nationwide safety and civic wellbeing.
ON THE ECONOMY:
17. Our focus is on revamping the financial system via the nationwide financial diversification agenda that helps the first purpose of nationwide meals self-sufficiency. This has helped scale back the rising meals associated inflationary figures and have in appreciable measure positively impacted our meals safety standing in the course of the lengthy months of the pandemic lock down.
18. We’re additionally presently rebuilding our nationwide infrastructure base and, within the course of, introducing transformation via the rehabilitation, modernization, and growth of the railway system, nationwide roads and bridges each in rural and concrete centres, alongside the airports and seaports.
19. The reforms we now have put in place within the energy sector would assure elevated effectivity in our drive to considerably broaden the era and distribution of electrical energy to be used in properties and factories.
20. As an administration we’re presently enterprise a collection of particular interventions designed to spice up job creation and help the entrepreneurial drive of our youths.
21. With the latest opening of our borders, we anticipate that the pent-up demand of authentic cross-border and worldwide commerce will enhance the fortunes of the various small companies and agricultural enterprises that rely upon Nigeria’s commerce and commerce.
22. The message to our West African neighbours is that Nigeria is as soon as once more absolutely open for these prepared to conduct enterprise in a good and equitable means.
23. On the anti-corruption drive of our administration, we now have recorded substantial beneficial properties to this point and this 12 months, we’re dedicated to persevering with alongside the trail of eradicating corruption, via collaboration with all of the arms of Authorities to successfully prosecute this battle.
24. Whereas we might be working with the Legislature to enact legal guidelines that might strengthen this battle, we might even be taking a look at reviewing a few of our legal guidelines which might be certain that this battle is simpler. On the a part of the chief, we might make sure the diligent and well timed prosecution of corruption instances, whereas interesting to the judiciary to make sure that corruption instances are allotted with expeditiously.
25. The persistence of varied types of violence has meant that in essentially the most affected components of the nation, the material of inter-communal concord woven via years of funding of effort at constructing belief, mutual respect, and concord has been threatened.
26. Insecurity as a problem has direct repercussions on our nationwide financial stability, development, and growth, setting us again at important factors via the destruction of private and non-private investments.
27. In components of the nation the place continual poverty, social exclusion, and disillusionment amongst sections of the youth have been already an issue, the cycles of violence which were unleashed by senseless teams like Boko Haram and others have thwarted the efforts of presidency to undertake the social coverage and related investments that might make an enormous distinction within the high quality of lifetime of our residents.
28. I’m conscious that for a few of our compatriots, the progress we now have registered because the inception of this administration will not be practically as quick or as adequate as they would want. I don’t begrudge them their views in as far as they signify a want, through which all of us share, for less than the easiest for our nation.
29. Nonetheless, I name upon all Nigerians to rigorously recall the circumstances of our coming to workplace, the info on the bottom and the sources at our disposal since 2015 with the accomplishments of this administration.
30. As a folks, we now have proven admirable resilience within the face of each adversity, an unmatched capability to get well speedily from each setback, an unparalleled generosity of spirit once we resolve our variations, and a continuing readiness to take a position religion and hope within the future we share as a united nation constructed on the variety of its peoples.
31. It’s these attributes that underpin the Nigerian spirit of “can do, will do” that provides me hope that we will but get to vacation spot and fulfill our calling collectively, particularly with the strong resolutions we’re setting on this new 12 months.
32. Holding our nation on a ahead march is an obligation which all of us have and share. On this regard, conserving our nation protected from a resurgent cycle of COVID-19 as this administration finalizes its plans to obtain and effectively and successfully distribute the COVID-19 vaccines, I urge you all fellow residents to look at strict COVID-19 prevention protocols.
33. As your elected President, my pledge to you is identical because it has all the time been; I’ll play my half absolutely and with out concern or favour. I invite all of us to do the identical. It’s what we owe to the founding era of our beloved nation and likewise to the approaching era. It’s what we need for nationwide prosperity for all calls for.
34. Lengthy Reside the Nigerian spirit of oneness, togetherness, and unity. Lengthy Reside the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I want you a Completely happy and affluent New 12 months.
Might God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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