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2016: Buhari Seeks For Judiciary Support On Anti-Corruption Drive


By Niyi Adeyi

…Promises Proposed Budget Will Solve Socio-Economic Crises

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerian courts to support the Federal Government (FG) efforts and help in the recovery of stolen funds by speedily concluding trials.

Buhari in his New Year Message Thursday, stressed that FG crackdown on corruption would continue to be vigorously pursued and declared that showing of impunity was no more fashionable in the country.

Mr. President admitted that there was much work to do in other areas as well, indicating that he has charged all his Ministers and other appointees to ensure that Nigerians experience positive changes in their lives in 2016.

“We must reduce our country’s reliance on oil. We must diversify our economy. And we must do all we can to promote job creation. Our challenges are many but our determination to succeed is strong and unshaken” the President assured.

On security, President Buhari stated Nigerians, especially those in the northeast, have already begun to experience major change with respect to war against terrorists.
He commended the Armed Forces for significantly curtailing the insurgency which has ravaged the northeast zone in the last five years and more.

Despite the present situation, President Buhari admitted that there was still a lot of work to be done in the area of security, promising that the Armed Forces would “maintain, consolidate and build on their successes in the war against Boko Haram and violent extremism”.

“This government will not consider the matter concluded until the terrorists have been completely routed and normalcy restored to all parts of the country that have been adversely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency” Buhari promised.

On the ongoing socio-economic crises in the country, President Buhari confessed he was much aware that Nigerians have experienced a number of significant hardships over the past months.

“Living in the State House has not alienated me from your daily sufferings. I am aware of the lengthy queues at fuel stations and of the difficulties businesses have faced in acquiring foreign exchange. These challenges are only temporary; we are working to make things better.

“When I presented myself to you as a presidential candidate and asked you to vote for me, I wanted to be a leader who keeps his promises. I wanted to be a leader who restores the people’s hope in those elected to serve them. I wanted to be a leader who initiates positive and enduring change.

“I am still totally committed to being that kind of leader. Unforeseen circumstances and other distractions notwithstanding, I shall still do my utmost best to keep every promise I made to Nigerians during my election campaign” the Nigerian Leader pledged.

Mr. President assured that effective and efficient implementation of 2016 budget proposals would address many of the socio-economic issues which are of current concern to the Nigerian people.

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