For the umpteenth time, President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Nigerians that the seemingly intractable security challenges facing the nation will soon become history.
“I am confident that with the renewed commitment and empowerment of our committed security personnel, all these issues which inflict pain and trauma on us will soon be history,” he said in a Christmas message to Nigerians.
He said in spite of the remarkable successes recorded generally by the administration, there are still many challenges confronting the nation.
According to Buhari, the military is doing everything possible to tackle insecurity scourge.
“Our courageous security forces, bolstered by the necessary support from this administration, daily confront the wicked ones amongst us, who continue to threaten the peace of the land.
“Recently, during the meeting with fellow Heads of State of the ECOWAS, I discussed the need to intensify efforts to jointly confront this menace causing instability in our sub-region.
“Let us utilise the opportunity that this festive period brings to encourage ourselves so that the machinations of the wicked ones in our midst will find no place to thrive.
“Christmas is a season when hope is rekindled. Hope, Peace, Joy, Love are the recurring themes of this time. It is in the midst of hardship that the true test of a nation emerges,” the president stated.
Buhari wants Nigerians to invoke the indomitable spirit in them and see the present order of things as a phase that would also pass like other “unsavory situations in the nation’s history.”
Promising that his administration will not abandon its promises to Nigerians for a better lease of life, the president pointed out that the diversification of the economy embarked upon was yielding good results.
“We shall continue to create opportunities for our teeming youths to ventilate their tremendous energy. As we felicitate with family, friends, colleagues, associates, let us spare moments to reach out to the less privileged.
“Let us also pray and give words of encouragement to our gallant security personnel fulfilling their oaths to keep us safe.
“I assure my compatriots that this administration remains resolute at ensuring that the standard of living of the average Nigerian is elevated,” he reassured.
On COVID-19, Buhari appealed to Nigerians to get the jabs, expressing regrets that for the second year, the world would not be able to celebrate as it used to in years past because of the pandemic.
He said:“The COVID-19 pandemic, with its attendant debilitating impact, has remained with mankind, mutating and leaving in its wake, devastating consequences on the economy, social interaction, and curtailing certain freedoms.
“The silver lining, however, is that humanity has been able to rise up with one voice and purpose, to confront the foisted conditions.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to our dear citizens to embrace vaccination, which is the best scientifically known bulwark against the pandemic. Recent events have shown that vaccination greatly reduces the effects of the virus on the human body.
“I will also urge those that have taken the two doses to go ahead and take the booster as advised by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC).”
“I commend the efforts of members of the PSC under the headship of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as they continue to chart a roadmap out of the pandemic and associated issues.”