- On the joyous occasion of this year’s Christmas, President Buhari has felicitated with all Nigerians, particularly Christians
- The president urged the people to remember many others who cannot be with their families this time
- According to Buhari, together we can show generosity to our neighbours and demonstrate the diversity that makes Nigeria unique
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged all Nigerian Christians to reflect on the imagery of the humble, symbolic and divine birth of a young child thousands of years ago in Bethlehem, Judea.
The president in a letter to all Christians on Monday, December 24, said the birth of Jesus symbolises the message of hope, compassion, salvation, reconciliation, forgiveness and peace that Christ embodies and conveys.
Stating that Nigerians have had mixed feelings in 2018 even as the year comes to an end, the president said on the pleasant side, Nigeria's economy has made significant progress since coming out from recession and our faithful implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
According to the president, Nigeria's agricultural revolution has seen an improved local production to the detriment of importation.
Also, he said the present administration has achieved surplus in trade balance while infrastructural deficit has been greatly reduced with significant improvements in roads, railways, aviation and power.
The president, in his Christmas letter, said: "Like I have done in the last three Christmas messages to my fellow compatriots as a serving President, I believe this season is another opportunity to reflect on the imagery of the humble, symbolic and divine birth of a young child thousands of years ago in Bethlehem, Judea, and the message of hope, compassion, salvation, reconciliation, forgiveness and peace that Jesus Christ embodies and conveys.
"In 2018, Nigerians have had mixed blessings, typical of human beings. On the pleasant side, our economy has made significant progress since coming out from recession and our faithful implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
"Agricultural revolution has seen a vastly improved local production to the detriment of importation, while we have achieved surplus in our trade balance. Similarly, infrastructural deficit has been greatly reduced with significant improvements in roads, railways, aviation and power."
Buhari said his administration has not relented in the fight against corruption while the business environment has been improved through institutional reforms.
He said the country has seen so many unnecessary deaths caused by violent clashes between neighbours, who ordinarily should complement and support one another.
"We cannot bring back the lives lost to floods, unfortunate fire disasters, road accidents, farmers/herders clashes and insurgency. But we can put back smiles on the faces of the grieving, the displaced and the troubled, if we show a little love and recommit ourselves to building relationships with those outside our ethnic, religious and socio-political divides.
"As we celebrate Christmas, exchange gifts, pray and visit loved ones, let us remember many others who cannot be with their families this time. Our brave Armed Forces, and other security men and women who make incredible sacrifices to keep us safe, the aged, the sick, physically challenged persons, all deserve our goodwill in this season of love and sharing.
Together we can show generosity to our neighbours and demonstrate the diversity that makes Nigeria unique – a land with a beautiful climate and vegetation, beaming with an energetic and creative youth population," the president said.
Buhari urged Nigerians not to also forget that what lies ahead of us as a nation is better than whatever we must have experienced in the past.
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"With general elections around the corner and heightened political activities across the country, I have charged our security and law enforcement agencies to secure the sanctity of the ballot box and ensure that the outcome of the polls reflects the will of the Nigerian people.
"My avowed commitment to free, fair, credible and violence-free polls is not a ruse or yet another vain political promise. My word is my bond. It is a sworn declaration on the advancement of Nigeria, the future and safety of our young and unborn generations.
"Let us tell the world that, indeed, ‘‘something good’’ can come out from Nigeria. And it will happen, as we all team up to make it happen," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the president of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, has felicitated with Christian faithful and all Nigerians as they celebrate the Christmas and New Year festivities.
Saraki in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, lauded Nigerians for their resilience in the face of the challenges facing the nation. He urged them to pray for improvement in the social, political and economic condition of the country in the New Year.
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