We Have So Much For Which We Shall Be Grateful. Buhari Tells Nigerians.

President Muhammadu Buhari on 58th anniversary addresses to the nation, on Monday, 1st October.

As the country turns 58, the President believes it is
on the right part, despite challenges, with much
worth celebrating.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
During the speech, the third Independence Day
address by the President since he rose to power in
2015, he spoke on several issues, including
security, the economy, social development,
environmental degradation, and the 2019 general
elections.
He also pledged to work towards achieved a
united, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria where all
can succeed.
“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,”
President Buhari said.
As his first term draws to a close, President Buhari
who is seeking another term in office stressed that
progress has been made in the war against
insurgency, the herdsmen/farmers crisis,
diversifying the economy and more with youths at
the centre of the drive.
He said, “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.
“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.”
As a result, the President said his administration
had, in the past three years, 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,” he said.
“The school feeding programme 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.”
Although the President hailed the impact of
technology, he warned disruptive and corrosive
forces bent on misusing the social media.
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