How we will transform Nigeria in 2017 — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

My dear Compatriots,

I am happy to welcome you to the beginning of a New Year in our beloved country Nigeria.

I felicitate with you today at a time when our nation is witnessing a new and impressive turnaround in our security and socio-economic situation.

I know you will join me to, once again, congratulate the heroic and gallant efforts of our military and other security agencies on their remarkable successes to rid the nation of terrorism.

Following the successful capture of Sambisa Forest, spearheaded by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, we have entered a new phase in our battle against our common enemy, Boko Haram.

When we see our beloved 21 Chibok girls reuniting with their families and community for Christmas, it gives us the hope that those who are still in captivity will one day return to the loving arms of family, friends and well-wishers.

I urge all Nigerians to be on the alert and watch out for strange figures settling in their communities, and report to the nearest security agencies, as our armed forces intensify the pursuit of fleeing terrorists from the captured Sambisa Forest.

Misguided elements who decided to take up arms against constituted authorities must be brought to face the full weight of the law.

The support of all Nigerians to security agencies to enable them successfully execute their mandate is crucial in our bid to effectively secure our country.

Seeing the joyful return of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to Damasak town in Borno State, following the reopening of Maiduguri/Gubio/Damasak road in Northern Borno on December 25, 2016, reassured us that the voluntary return of IDPs in other parts of the country is imminent.

The Federal Government will spare no effort in seeing to the resettlement and rehabilitation of the unfortunate victims of terrorism and insurgency. I urge state governments, privileged Nigerians, donor agencies and countries to redouble their contributions towards this goal.

Government is aware of some mistakes and wrongdoings in handling the affairs of IDPs. We are taking measures to correct those mistakes and punish the culprits.

In this New Year, I want to reassure all Nigerians that our defence and security forces are more than ever before ready to perform their constitutional role of protecting lives and property in the country; and we will surely overcome all other forms of security challenges.

The lingering security issues in several states will be frontally addressed. These ugly crises cannot be allowed to fester as they strain the unifying bonds of brotherhood and neighbourliness. Some sections of the press and some politicians should avoid provocative and inflammatory statements, while the government is painstakingly trying to find solutions to our challenges.

I want to remind you on the first day of this New Year of an African proverb that says “it is easy to break a broomstick but not a bunch”. Nigeria is a bunch and is more than equal to troublemakers.

I have interacted with a broad spectrum of Nigerians, the old and the young, and they have told me unequivocally that they believe in the unity and stability of Nigeria.

The year 2017 provides an opportunity for us to build on those aspects of our national life that unite us. We are courageous, hardworking, hospitable, steadfast and resilient people, even in the face of difficulties.

These are the attributes that define us and have for years confounded the pessimists who do not believe in our continued existence as a united and indivisible nation. We are a remarkable nation that has succeeded in harnessing our multiple diversities for national development. We must continue to support and tolerate one another and live together as one.

We will continue to pursue peace initiatives in the Niger Delta as I again, call on our brothers in that region who have taken to violent disruptions of economic infrastructure to come to the negotiating table.

As for our brothers and sisters of the Shia Community, we urge them, too, to embrace peace. They must accept the laws of the country they live in. They cannot be islands by themselves. At the same time, the law enforcement agencies must treat them humanely and according to the rule of law.

On our part, in the past 20 months since our inauguration on May 29, 2015, we have focused our energies to turn around the economy, create jobs, fight corruption, and transform agriculture to replace oil and gas as a major revenue earner for the nation. I am encouraged that we are getting things right.

The agricultural revolution has begun.  Farmers in different parts of the country are experiencing bumper harvests; states are getting into strategic partnership towards attaining self-sufficiency in rice, and the era of over-dependence on oil for foreign exchange revenues is gradually waning. I am optimistic that the CHANGE we all yearned for in voting this administration to power in 2015 will manifest more and be sustained in different sectors, particularly agriculture, in 2017.

As you may be aware, our economic recovery and growth plan in 2017 is anchored on optimizing the use of local content and empowering local businesses.

In pursuit of this administration’s philosophy, we will continue to appeal that we buy “Made In Nigeria” goods. Like I said during the 2017 Budget presentation to the National Assembly, farmers, small and medium-sized manufacturers, agro-allied businesses, dressmakers, entertainers and technology start-ups, will remain the true drivers of our economic future. They are the engine of our economic recovery and their needs underpin our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

On job creation, this administration will sustain existing programmes aimed at lifting a vast number of our youth out of poverty, while at the same time creating the opportunities for people to fend for themselves.

Our determination to wrestle corruption to the ground remains unshaken. This fight, which will be guided by respect for the rule of law and due process, will not spare anybody or organ of government. It is a collective undertaking and resolve that must be seen to its logical conclusion in spite of certain distractions. The fate of our country lies partly in the success of this campaign. It will be unthinkable on my part to allow the boat of this crucial campaign promise capsize mid-stream.

I thank you for the public support for our administration’s efforts to transform Nigeria. I assure you again that the current pains are temporary and will ease when the economic seeds in gestation begin to bloom to fruition. I urge you to continue to support this administration in its effort to transform Nigeria for the good of all.

I wish you a Happy New Year, 2017.

MUHAMMADU BUHARI

President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.


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  • Mamman Bako

    Mr. President I agree with you, but knowing your destination is one thing, and how to get there is another. I wonder if you and those you’ve consulted know that.

  • Gambo

    JOB CREATION FALLS 60.6 PER CENT IN ONE YEAR!
    -PUNCH NEWS; December 31, 2016

    The total number of fresh jobs created in the Nigerian economy declined by 287,954 jobs or 60.6 per cent from 475,180 jobs in the third quarter of last year to 187,226 in the third quarter of this year, figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics have revealed.

    The NBS stated this in its job creation report for the third quarter of this year which was released on Saturday in Abuja.

  • Decimator

    “I want to remind you on the first day of this New Year of an African proverb that says “it is easy to break a broomstick but not a bunch”.
    Nigeria is a bunch and is more than equal to troublemakers”.

    “I have interacted with a broad spectrum of Nigerians, the old and the young, and they have told me unequivocally that they believe in the
    unity and stability of Nigeria”.

    The last man that believes in the Unity and stability of the Nigeria Enclave is Mohammadu Buhari and his cronies of the larger Fulani Nation that have taken the Nigerian Enclave hostage in recent times. Again and again, Mohammadu Buhari carefully and intentionally avoided mentioning this threat from him and his cronies of the larger Fulani Nation, spread in neighboring African countries (Chad, Niger, Cameroon,
    Mali etc.) that they are inviting into the Nigerian Enclave as Fulani Herdsmen in mass to kill the citizens and occupy their land.

    I would also like to remind him that the Bunch of Broom he is referring to in his African proverb is made up of single Broomsticks, which does not emanate into a Bunch from nowhere or just by Mohammadu Buhari and his fellow autocrats saying so and not by interacting with a broad spectrum of people, but put together by the hand work of a dedicated craft man that painfully starts by selecting harmonious single Broomsticks
    of equal sizes and shapes together. Exactly that is what is and will keep missing in his non-existing One Nigeria Unity Broomstick bunch. Sorry

    Ever becomming clearer that their is no Nation called Nigeria.

  • KennBest

    Another generalistic speech. Visionary less leaders.

  • porpy

    almost 2 years and all you could achieve is victory against boko haram, i feel so downtrodden, when a president do not think about the future for the unborn children… you never did anything meaningful during your 15month rule as a military head of state, am not surprised, i just hope come 2019, nigerians can speak for themselves by there vote….

  • Moh’d Maiha

    We are in support of this administration 100%
    God bless Nigeria and long live to Nigerian citizens!

  • Kickboxer

    BEWARE OF IDES OF DECEMBER DEFEATS

    Brainless Buhari is a weakling and Boko Haram have exposed him as a paper general. First brainless Buhari “defeated” his Boko Haram boys in December 2015; now in December 2016 brainless Buhari “defeated” his boys Boko Haram’s FLAG!!!!; next year, in December 2017, brainless Buhari plans to “defeat” his Boko Haram’s headscarf.

    Only in a daftly brainless Buhari would all these make sense to publicly announce it…….

  • suleiman

    We don’t want to know how, just perform Actions speak louder than words. We have heard enough lies from this government that no body is willing to believe them anymore. Only the brainless and blind followers would believe what this government says. For me, I can sum up what this government stands for: LIES!

    • NwaIgbo

      Suleiman, head to North Korea please, we sensible Nigerians both home and abroad are optimistic for 2017 and pray that God Almighty will see Nigeria through. Having lived abroad for over three decades, I can tell still that home is home. For your information, I was an ex Biafran soldier who saw and went through war first hand.

    • The Optimist

      There is sense in the president’s highly compressed speech. It’s a mattee of time. “I assure you again that the current pains are temporary and will ease when the economic seeds in gestation begin to bloom to fruition”. This sum it all. Believe it Mr brainy.

      • share Idea

        Please can you point us to the direction of where any of seeds are planted so that we can visit and check when the harvest will be ready?

        Just as @suleiman said, this administration is proficient in propaganda and lying

  • optimisticman1

    This man is naive. Please can somebody let him know that marching orders don’t

  • Solo

    Did he mention the Fulani killers?

  • Nwora Onwuzulu

    One thing missing in this address is any mention on the much-needed new infrastructure projects that have the potential to unleash the entrepreneurial creativity and ingenuity of Nigerians. Unfortunately, since President Buhari is almost halfway through his term, the hope for him to deliver on that promise is fading by the day as durable capital projects actually take time to build. The appeal to buy “Made in Nigeria” goods will be more meaningful if the right conditions exist Insufficient capacity in electricity supply and the exorbitantly high cost and unreliability of standby generated power as alternatives, will continue to stymie manufacturing and innovation, making them unsustainable through the critical value and supply chains. Secondly, by the time the manufactured good get to market, the aggregate cost of production and distribution will make the finished goods uncompetitive and unaffordable. As someone who supported this president based on perceived personal attributes and still wish him well, I would not like PDP to come back in 2019 and eat his lunch. I would like to see bold initiatives on capital projects in the new year either solo, or in partnership with foreign direct investors. We can walk and chew gum at the same time.

    • share Idea

      Keep dreaming. Nigeria we hail thee

  • Solo

    Shia and Niger Delta are the problem but not the Fulani killers.
    Buhari is set to fail again this new year

    • share Idea

      Did you not notice that he has been doing everything possible to make sure that Christmas does not have full meaning to Christian that he reminded us that a road was re-opened on Christmas day in Borno, just like airwaves was agog with defeating of BH during the same time.

      Buhari is very wicked and vindictive

  • Ade

    Where is Calaba to Lagos rail project of 2016 budget ?

  • realist

    2015 we will, nothing happened than many nagatives. 2016 we still will, still nothing positive happened than nagatives things to the highest degree. 2017 another high sounding promises. Only shallow minded Nigerians will fall for the promises because no any concrete plans is on ground upon which any positive things can happen. The budget Buhari prepared and where he place his hope and hope of Nigerians is prepared to cater for the thieving policians. To pay for their ostentatious livings. Where is the hope.

    • Powerlessconscious

      What actually do you mean by concrete plan? Give an example. Happy New Year 2017.

  • Otile

    Where are the bunch of lunatics who support brainless Buhari? I mean ass_lickers like: kay soyemi, tundemash, mofu ola, maria, rommel, and other senseless bunch.

    • aisha ani

      Happy new year to you too!

      • Otile

        Happy New Year, Aisha. For your sake I will try my best to control my comments. I will be nicer this year, except when people provoke me. God bless you.

  • share Idea

    Excerpt from the article…”Government is aware of some mistakes and wrongdoings in handling the affairs of IDPs. We are taking measures to correct those mistakes and punish the culprits”

    Please can someone disclose how this administration is addressing corruption with handling of IDPs funds which he stylishly branded as mistake. What a hypocrite

  • Thank you Mr. President. May we succeed in our collective efforts to make Nigeria better.
    Happy new year.