President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration will use the opportunity to build on the foundations he has laid together on security, diversification of our economy and taking on the curse of corruption.
Buhari stated this on Wednesday in his New Year’s message to Nigerians.
“These are the pledges on which I have been twice elected President and remain the framework for a stable, sustainable and more prosperous future.
“Elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. I salute the commitment of the millions who voted in peace last February and of those leaders who contested for office vigorously but fairly, submitting to the authority of the electorate, the Independent National Electoral Commission and judicial process.”
Acknowledging the frustrations of the system, he said he will be standing down in 2023 and will not be available in any future elections.
“But I am determined to help strengthen the electoral process both in Nigeria and across the region, where several ECOWAS members go to the polls this year.
“As Commander-in-Chief, my primary concern is the security of the nation and the safety of our citizens. When I assumed office in May 2015 my first task was to rally our neighbours so that we could confront Boko Haram on a coordinated regional basis. Chaos is not a neighbour any of us hope for,” he said.
While noting his administration has been fighting on several fronts which include the battle against violent extremists, cultists, and organised criminal networks, Buhari noted that his administration is winning the war.
“We also look to the challenge of winning the peace, the reconstruction of lives, communities, and markets.
“The North East Development Commission will work with local and international stakeholders to help create a new beginning for the North East. The Federal Government will continue to work with State Governors, neighbouring states and our international partners to tackle the root causes of violent extremism and the networks that help finance and organise terror.”