President Muhamadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to rededicate themselves to a united, prosperous and purposeful nation in the face of 21st-century opportunities and challenges.
He made the call in an independence day broadcast on Tuesday morning in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
While nothing that every October 1st is an opportunity to reflect and thank God for his endless blessings on the country, the president also said it is time to collectively remember the sacrifices made by the founders and great leaders past; soldiers, distinguished public servants; traditional leaders, and the civil servants. He noted that it is the sacrifices on which Nigeria has been built over the 59 years since Independence in 1960.
He noted that in the past four years, the majority of Nigerians have committed to Change for the Better, adding that his Administration was re-elected on a mandate to deliver positive and enduring Change through maintaining National Security; restoring sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth and Development; and fighting Corruption against all internal and external threats.
“This Change can only be delivered if we are united in purpose, as individuals and as a nation. We must all remain committed to achieving this positive and enduring Change. As I stated four years ago, “Change does not just happen… We must change our lawless habits, our attitude to public office and public trust… simply put, to bring about change, we must change ourselves by being law-abiding citizens.”
Speaking on security, Buhari said good governance and economic development cannot be sustained without an enabling environment of peace and security.
“In the last four years, we have combatted the terrorist scourge of Boko Haram. We owe a debt of gratitude to our gallant men and women in arms, through whose efforts we have been able to achieve the present results. We are also grateful to our neighbours and allies – within the region and across the world – who have supported us on this front.
” The capacity of our armed forces to defend our territorial integrity continues to be enhanced by the acquisition of military hardware as well as continued improvements in the working conditions of our servicemen and women.”