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2020 is a time of hope, optimism, fresh possibilities – Buhari

By Oluwaseun Sonde

President Muhammad Buhari has said 2020 is a time of hope, optimism and fresh possibilities while look forward as a nation to the 2020s as the opportunity to build on the foundations laid on security, diversification of our economy and taking on the curse of corruption.

This was disclosed in a letter from the president to mark the New Year celebration to the nation on Wednesday.

He said these are the pledges on which he 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.

I understand very well the frustrations our system has in the past triggered.

“I 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”, he said.

He said ss Commander-in-Chief, his primary concern is the security of the nation and the safety of the 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. We have been fighting on several fronts: violent extremists, cultists and organised criminal networks.

It has not been easy. But as we are 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.

Our security forces will receive the best training and modern weaponry, and in turn will be held to the highest standards of professionalism, and respect for human rights.

We will use all the human and emerging technological resources available to tackle kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery”, he said He said the new Ministry of Police Affairs increased recruitment of officers and the security reforms being introduced will build on what already delivering.

“We will work tirelessly at home and with our allies in support of our policies to protect the security of life and property.

Our actions at all times will be governed by the rule of law. At the same time, we shall look always to engage with all well-meaning leaders and citizens of goodwill to promote dialogue, partnership and understanding. He said the country need a democratic government that can guarantee peace and security to realise the full potential of its ingenious, entrepreneurial and hard-working people.

“Our policies are designed to promote genuine, balanced growth that delivers jobs and rewards industry.

Our new Economic Advisory Council brings together respected and independent thinkers to advise me on a strategy that champions inclusive and balanced growth, and above all fight poverty and safeguard national economic interests”, he said.

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