Buhari sends Christmas message to Nigerians, cautions criminals

Buhari sends Christmas message to Nigerians, cautions criminals

- President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his Christmas message to Nigerians all over the country

- The president said that citizens should imbibe love and uphold peace during and beyond the season

- President Buhari also warned terrorists that they will meet their end if they fail to desist from crimes

As Nigerians, especially Christians, prepare for the Christmas celebration, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his goodwill message to them.

President Buhari urged all citizens of the country to uphold love and peaceful co-existence which characterise the essence of the season, PM News reports.

The president specifically warned criminals, terrorists and armed gangs to steer clear and caution themselves as security operatives will be on guard to deal with anyone who tries to disrupt calm and order during and beyond the season.

Buhari sends Christmas message to Nigerians, cautions criminals

President Buhari warned terrorists that they will meet their end if they fail to desist from crimes during and beyond the season
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He added that if the miscreants refuse to take heed to this warning, they will definitely meet their end.

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Read the president's full statement below:

"I felicitate with our Christian brothers and sisters in particular, and all Nigerians in general, on the joyous occasion of Christmas of the year 2019.

"As Christendom commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, I enjoin all Nigerians to imbibe and demonstrate the essence of the season of love; goodwill among all the ethnic groups in the country; giving and sharing; strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and good neighbourliness, and focusing on all that bind us together as one united country.

"I, therefore, urge our compatriots to shun all actions which negate the spirit of the season.

"However, celebrating the spirit and virtues of Christmas need not be a one-day affair, but rather, ought to continue into the New Year.

"It is in line with the spirit of Christmas that I call on all elements whose actions are opposed to what the season represents, especially, insurgents, terrorists, armed robbers, kidnappers and economic saboteurs, to retrace their steps and join people of goodwill and common humanity.

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"If they fail to heed this call, they will meet their end as the armed forces, security and law-enforcement agencies are poised now to confront and defeat them.

"Our people must make extra efforts to live in peace and harmony with their neighbours, irrespective of differences.

"While it is gladdening to note that incidents of violence and conflicts have reduced drastically owing to the several operations embarked on by our security agencies, we must not let our guards down.

"As Christmas indicates good tidings of hope and redemption, Nigerians can look forward to a turnaround in the administration’s priority areas of fighting corruption, providing security, economic diversification, job creation and infrastructure upgrade.

"Having recently signed the 2020 Appropriation Bill into Law, I reiterate my promise during the presentation of the budget proposals before the National Assembly on October 8, 2019, that, “We remain resolutely committed to the actualization of our vision of a bright and prosperous future for all Nigerians.”

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"The 2020 budget of sustainable growth and job creation will be rigorously implemented to further deepen its impact on the generality of our people.

"Let me use this occasion to once more thank the leadership and members of the National Assembly for the speedy consideration and passage of the 2020 Budget Proposals.

"We are confident that this new era of cordiality and cooperation between the executive and the legislature will fast-track our collective commitment to giving our people a better life and governance.

"As we celebrate Christmas, let us remember to pray for members of our armed forces and other security agencies who are making so much sacrifice to protect us from people of evil intent. We should also extend love to the families of those whose bread-winners made the ultimate sacrifice while defending their fatherland.

"I appeal to motorists to drive with care this festive season, while road safety and security officials should ensure compliance with safety measures to avoid needless accidents and the attendant loss of life and property.

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"I wish you a Merry Christmas, and a more fulfilling New Year 2020."

Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters, Abuja on Monday, December 23, countered the Borno state government on claims that Boko Haram has taken over some parts of the state.

The DHQ said that no territory was under the insurgents’ control, according to a report filed by the Nation.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno decried recent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on his state.

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