Easter: We”ll surely deliver on change agenda – Buhari
ABUJA- Aware of the plight of Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured the people of his commitment to better their lots.
The president said that his government has not derailed from many promised he made to Nigerians in the course of his election campaign last year, pointing out that the passage of the 2016 national budget by the National Assembly last week, good days lay ahead.
The reassurance was contained in a special message personally signed off by the president to mark this year’s Easter celebrations.
He said: “Fellow Nigerians,I rejoice with you all, especially our Christian brothers and sisters, as we celebrate Easter.
“For Christians all over the world, this celebration is in commemoration of the supreme sacrifice which Jesus Christ made for the salvation of mankind.
“Faith, belief and the fulfilment of expectations are also key themes of the Easter celebration. I urge you all therefore, to continue to have faith in the future greatness of our country and to believe that the change my administration promised will surely come to fruition.
“That change which we all yearn for, will certainly occur more rapidly if we all place the love of our country above selfish personal and group interests.
“The National Assembly has just passed the 2016 budget. I assure all Nigerians that we will do our utmost best to ensure that the budget, the first since my election as President, is efficiently and successfully implemented towards achieving our objective of faster economic growth and development.
“I thank the vast majority of Nigerians for their patience and understanding in the first ten months of this administration.
“As we go forward, I assure you all that we are working very hard to overcome the challenges we encountered on assumption of office. We are moving on with an unshaken resolve and determination to deliver on the mandate you gave us onMarch 28, last year.”
President who noted that the period of Easter connotes love and forgiveness urged Nigerians to eschew of divisive tendencies and love one another.
According to him, it is only by so doing that Nigeria would can be put on a rapid path of growth and development.
“The Gospels also tell us that during his earthly ministry, Jesus Christ repeatedly urged his disciples and followers to “love one another as I have loved you”.
“As we celebrate Easter this year, I sincerely believe that it will serve our dear nation very well if we all imbibe this essential message of Jesus Christ and truly learn to love our countrymen and women as we love ourselves.
“Indeed, we will surely make faster progress towards the achievement of the peaceful, united, strong, progressive and prosperous country we all desire if, as a nation, we eschew all divisive, parochial, ethnic and religious sentiments and rivalries, and begin to live more harmoniously with our compatriots, as Jesus Christ and the founders of the world’s other great religions enjoined mankind”, he said.
While recalling with regrets the orgy of violence and political killings that characterized the past, president Buhari said that his administration would not accept the vice, saying that the security agencies have been repositioned to fight them.