​Christmas: Buhari urges peace, says no group should be allowed to hold Nigeria hostage

President Muhammadu Buhari talking
President Muhammadu Buhari talking

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerian to embrace the virtues of peace, justice and equity, during this season of Christmas.

The president stated this in his Christmas message, Thursday, saying a greater manifestation of the virtues will bring about a more united, peaceful, as well as a secure and progressive nation.

“On this occasion of the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, let us all rededicate ourselves 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,” the president said in a statement he personally signed.
Mr. Buhari called on Nigerians to extend charitable gestures, in the spirit of the season to victims of terror, around the country, particularly the Internally Displace 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,” the president stated.

“We must never again allow any group to hold the nation to ransom under whatever guise,” he said, urging Nigerians not “to allow current socio-economic and security challenges to dampen our expectations for a better Nigeria”.
He noted his administration’s commitment towards the recovery of stolen wealth and maintaining transparency.

“In this regard, efforts will be intensified to recover stolen funds, block revenue leakages and enthrone due process, transparency and accountability.

“Public office is a public trust that must be held to the highest ethical standards,” the statement added.

The president also asked travellers to be careful while driving.


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