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I will not abandon my promise made to Nigerians – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that he will not abandon any of the promises he made to Nigerians

The President in a Christmas Message to Nigerians, on Friday, assured that his “government will not abandon the promises made to Nigerians for a better lease of life”

The President had earlier sworn in the new Minister of State for Works and Housing, Mu’Azu Sambo at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The appointment of Sambo as a Minister followed a recent minor cabinet reshuffle that eased out the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as that of Power.

He described Christmas as a “special period that brings peoples of the world together with one purpose; to celebrate togetherness, joy, peace, and above all, to share love with one another through exchange of goodwill and gifts”, but added that “For the second Christmas running, the world will not be able to celebrate as we used to in years past”

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.

The President, who noted that vaccination greatly reduces the effects of the virus on the human body, urged those that have taken the two doses to go ahead and take the booster as advised by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC).

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He commended 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.

On security, despite the remarkable successes generally recorded, we still have some challenges.

“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”

He expressed confident that with the renewed commitment and empowerment of committed security personnel, all these issues which inflict pain and trauma on us will soon be history.

“Let us utilize 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. I urge Nigerians to invoke the indomitable spirit in us and see the present order of things as a phase that will also pass, just like other unsavory situations in the nation’s history.”

The President who expressed confidence that the diversification of the economy embarked upon is yielding fruits, assured that his administration will 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.

He urged Nigerians to pray and give words of encouragement to the nation’s gallant security personnel fulfilling their oaths to keep the country safe.

“I assure my compatriots that this administration remains resolute at ensuring that the standard of living of the average Nigerian is elevated”