The Success Achieved in Buhari's Government as Nigeria Turns 58.

Happy Anniversary Fellow Nigerians,

Today is a day of celebration and solemn
reflection. It is the anniversary of the day Nigerians
realised one of the most cherished of human
desires – the desire for freedom. We, therefore,
give thanks to and remember our founding fathers
who laboured so hard and sacrificed so much to
build and bequeath to us this wonderful nation. It is
our duty to consolidate this great legacy.

2. On this first October date and on the eve of the
start of the general election cycle, we should do
well to reflect on what binds us together and the
great strength our diversity bestows on us. Ours is
an ambitious nation, and, as citizens we have every
right to look forward to the future with confidence
and optimism which are well founded, considering
where we find ourselves today.

3. There has been a steady improvement in the
security situation in the North East. We remain
committed to ending the crisis and make the North
East safe for all.

4. Our thoughts and prayers are always with the
victims of the Boko Haram’s atrocities and their
families. Beyond that, we know that the goals of
the Boko Haram terrorists include capturing
territories, destroying our democracy and denying
our children the right to education. We will not
allow them to succeed.

5. I want at this point to pay tribute to the men and
women of our armed forces, the Police and other
security and law enforcement agencies, who have
been working under the most difficult conditions to
keep the country safe. In the process, many have
made the supreme sacrifice.

6. As their Commander -In- Chief, I assure these
our gallant men and women that I will continue to
empower them by deepening their professionalism
and providing all the necessary force multipliers
and enablers required for them to prevail on the
field. I am looking into all reported cases of
inadequacies in relation to their entitlements, their
welfare and those of their families.

7. We are diversifying away from reliance on oil to
increased manufacturing capacity, solid minerals
development, and agriculture.

8. Efforts are on course in the Niger Delta to clean
up polluted lands, restore hopes of the youths in
the region and re-establish livelihoods, and
strengthen their capacity to guarantee for
themselves and for our country a brighter future.

9. The age-long conflict between herders and
farmers that was being exploited by those seeking
to plant the seeds of discord and disunity amongst
our people, is being addressed decisively. We will
sustain and continue to support the commendable
efforts by all including civil society organisations,
local and states governments and our traditional
and religious leaders in finding durable solution to
this problem.

10. This being a transhumance issue, we are
working with countries in our region that are also
facing similar difficulties to complement our
common efforts. In this context I must warn that
the perpetrators of murder and general mayhem in
the name of defending or protecting herders or
farmers will face the full wrath of the law.
Meanwhile, we urge all peace-loving Nigerians to
reject any simplistic portrayal, at home or abroad,
of this conflict as either religious or ethnic based.

11. We are one of the countries in the world most
affected by environmental degradation, as a
consequence of climate change. We are
signatories to almost all conventions and
agreements aimed at slowing down the effect of
climate change and mitigating its now evident
consequences.

12. The consequences on lives and livelihoods of
the shrinking of the Lake Chad and the pollution
caused by oil exploitation activities alone make it
mandatory on us to be at the forefront of the
struggle for a safer and more sustainable
environment. We will continue to mobilise
international support for our efforts in this regard.

13. We are making progress in the fight against
corruption and recovery of stolen public funds and
assets despite vicious and stiff resistance. The
shameful past practice, of the brazen theft of
billions of Naira is no more. Shady oil deals and
public contracts that were never delivered have
become things of the past.

14. Consequently, and this is very evident across
the country, we have done more with less in
infrastructural developments. Roads, railways,
major bridges, schools, energy and power, air and
sea ports, welfare of serving and retired personnel
both civilian and military including payment of
legacy debt such as pension arrears, have been
attended to.

15. There is now an enabling environment for local
and foreign investment in Nigeria. We are building
a rules-based system – a level playing field that is
free from fixers and intermediaries. This is the
cornerstone to help genuine investors and honest
consumers, and the platform that will allow for the
real reforms that we intend to deliver over the
coming years.

16. We are gradually strengthening the economy
with a stable Naira and falling inflation rate. We are
building an economy that is moving away from
over reliance on oil. Consequently we have
witnessed massive return to farms and seen
bumper harvest, despite recurrent floods across the
country.

17. These positive developments are the result of
our collective pursuit of a common vision through
hard work and dedication, after the missed
opportunities and disappointments that followed
the return to democracy in 1999.

18. At the forefront, have always been our youths.
They have been at the vanguard of the struggle for
independence. They fought in the war to keep the
country united. And it was they who kept alive the
struggle for democracy and human rights in our
country at times when these were at risk,
especially following the June 12th 1993 election
and the historic 2015 election process.

19. Even today, our youths play a central role in
Nigeria’s continuing progress and developments in
all fields of our national endeavour –technology,
agriculture, mining, engineering and especially the
creative arts. Together we are building a more
diverse, inclusive and self-reliant economy.

20. In the past three years we have introduced
many policies and programmes targeted at youth
development and youth empowerment. We support
the ‘not too young to run’ legislation aimed at
giving the youths greater say in our national
politics and governance.

21. The school feeding program in primary schools
is aimed at encouraging enrolment and attendance.
We are building on what we have already
introduced to support schools and universities to
which funds have recently been released for
upgrade of facilities, training programs for our
entrepreneurs, and rehabilitation schemes for
victims of terrorism and human trafficking.

Fellow Nigerians,

22. Now we have in our hands technology that is a
powerful tool that we can and should use for
knowledge and understanding. As with other
countries, we must also learn how to manage
those tendencies that, instead, look to abuse new
technologies to provoke passions and stir tensions.

23. Never before have we faced such a challenge.
We must all rise to the responsibility of shutting
out those disruptive and corrosive forces that hide
in today’s world of social media. We need critical
minds and independent thinking, to question and
question until we are satisfied we have the facts.
Otherwise, all the progress we have made as a
democracy since 1999 is at stake.

24. I have committed myself many times to ensure
that elections are fully participatory, free and fair
and that the Independent National Electoral
Commission will be exactly INDEPENDENT and
properly staffed and resourced. The ballot box is
how we make our choice for the governments that
rule in our name.
Fellow Nigerians,

25. Developing a thriving democracy is not an easy
task. There can be no quick fixes or short cuts.
These are the most important lessons that we
have learnt in our 58 years as an independent
nation.

26. At the international level, we remain a
responsible and respected member of the
international community, playing active positive
roles within ECOWAS, the African Union and the
United Nations as well as all other regional and
international organisations and institutions of which
we are members.

27. We will continue to support initiatives aimed at
addressing the challenges of our times: global and
regional crises and conflicts, terrorism, trans-border
crime, climate change, human rights, gender
equality, development, poverty and inequality within
and between nations, etc. In this context, we are
working hard to achieve both the AU 2063 Agenda
for socio-economic transformation of our
continent; and the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable
development, which together aim at addressing
these challenges
Fellow Nigerians,

28. As we celebrate the 58th Anniversary of our
independence, we know we are on the right path.
Although we have our differences, they count for
far less than the values, virtues and common
aspirations that unite us as a nation. We have so
much for which we should be grateful, and in
which we should rightly take pride. Our journey is
not finished but we have come a long way.

29. I want to assure you that as President, I will
continue to work tirelessly to promote, protect and
preserve what really matters: a united, peaceful,
prosperous and secure Nigeria, where all,
irrespective of background, can aspire to succeed.

Thank you. I wish you a memorable independence
celebration.
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