President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Nigerians that no amount of insecurity contrived to derail his focus will work, saying “I assure you that we will remain resolute in our commitments and shall continue to press ahead with our programmes and plans.
“The persistent insecurity in certain parts of the country may have threatened to becloud the incremental gains achieved in the real sectors of the economy and in the administration’s overall objective to position the nation on the irreversible trajectory of sustainable growth and progress, but we remain undaunted.”
The President, in his New Year message to Nigerians today, December 31, expressed gratitude to God for yet another Year attained “as a country, united by a common destiny and resolute in our determination to overcome the several challenges along the path to build the great and prosperous Nation of our dream.”
Buhari also saluted the courage and resilience of all Nigerians, which he said, was evident in 2021 “as this nation, like other countries of the world, faced significant challenges that occurred as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts to restore the global economy and social order.”
President Buhari comforted the citizens, saying: “the path to nationhood is often fraught with unpredictable difficulties and challenges.”
According to him, most tried and tested nations have often prevailed through dogged determination, resilience, concerted commitment to unity, and the conviction that the whole of the nation, standing together against all odds, is by far greater and would ultimately be more prosperous and viable than the sum of its distinguishable parts.