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Happy Independence day Nigeria!

President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation this morning. Read his full speech below:

OCTOBER 1 is a day for joy and celebrations for us Nigerians whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in because it is the day, 55 years ago; we liberated ourselves from the shackles of colonialism and began our long march to nationhood and to greatness.

No temporary problems or passing challenges should stop us from honoring this day. Let us remind ourselves of the gifts God has given us. Our Creator has bequeathed to us Numbers – Nigeria is the ninth most populated country on the planet. We have in addition:

• Arable land
• Water
• Forests
• Oil and gas
• Coastline
• Solid minerals

We have all the attributes of a great nation. We are not there yet because the one commodity we have been unable to exploit to the fullest is unity of purpose. This would have enabled us to achieve not only more orderly political evolution and integration but also continuity and economic progress.

Countries far less endowed have made greater economic progress by greater coherence and unity of purpose.

Nonetheless, that we have remained together is an achievement we should all appreciate and try to consolidate. We have witnessed this year a sea change in our democratic development. The fact that an opposition party replaced an entrenched government in a free and fair election is indicative of the deeper roots of our democratic system. Whatever one’s views are, Nigerians must thank former President Jonathan for not digging-in in the face of defeat and thereby saving the country untold consequences.

As I said in my inaugural speech, I bear no ill will against anyone on past events. Nobody should fear anything from me. We are not after anyone. People should only fear the consequences of their actions. I hereby invite everyone, whatever his or her political view to join me in working for the nation.

My countrymen and women, every new government inherits problems. Ours was no different. But what Nigerians want are solutions, quick solutions not a recitation of problems inherited. Accordingly, after consultations with the Vice President, senior party leaders and other senior stakeholders, I quickly got down to work on the immediate, medium-term and long-term problems which we must solve if we are to maintain the confidence which Nigerians so generously bestowed on us in the March elections and since then.

As you know, I toured the neighboring countries, marshal a coalition of armed forces of the five nations to confront and defeat Boko Haram. I met also the G-7 leaders and other friendly presidents in an effort to build an international coalition against Boko Haram. Our gallant armed forces under new leadership have taken the battle to the insurgents, and severely weakened their logistical and infrastructural capabilities. Boko Haram are being scattered and are on the run. That they are resorting to shameless attacks on soft targets such as IDP camps is indicative of their cowardice and desperation. I have instructed security and local authorities to tighten vigilance in vulnerable places.

On power, government officials have held a series of long sessions over several weeks about the best way to improve the nation’s power supply in the safest and most cost effective way. In the meantime, improvement in the power supply is moderately encouraging. By the same token, supply of petrol and kerosene to the public has improved throughout the country. All the early signs are that within months the whole country would begin to feel a change for the better.

Preliminary steps have been taken to sanitise NNPC and improve its operations so that the inefficiency and corruption could be reduced to a minimum. Those of our refineries which can be serviced and brought back into partial production would be enabled to resume operations so that the whole sordid business of exporting crude and importing finished products in dubious transactions could be stopped.

In addition to NNPC, I have ordered for a complete audit of our other revenue generating agencies mainly CBN, FIRS, Customs, NCC, for better service delivery to the nation. Prudent housekeeping is needed now more than ever in view of the sharp decline in world market oil prices. It is a challenge we have to face squarely. But what counts is not so much what accrues but how we manage our resources that is important.
We have seen in the last few years how huge resources were mismanaged, squandered and wasted. The new APC government is embarking on a clean up, introducing prudence and probity in public financing.

At an early stage, the Federal Government addressed the issue of salary arrears in many states, a situation capable of degenerating into social unrest. The APC government stepped in to provide short-term support to the owing states and enabled them to pay off the backlog and restore the livelihood of millions of Nigerians.

Fellow Nigerians, there have been a lot of anxiety and impatience over the apparent delay in announcement of ministers. There is no cause to be anxious. Our government set out to do things methodically and properly. We received the handing over notes from the outgoing government only four days before taking over. Consequently, the Joda Transition Committee submitted its report on the re-organisation of Federal Government structure after studying the hand over notes. It would have been haphazard to announce ministers when the government had not finalised the number of ministries to optimally carry the burden of governance.

Anyway, the wait is over. The first set of names for ministerial nominees for confirmation has been sent to the senate. Subsequent lists will be forwarded in due course. Impatience is not a virtue. Order is more vital than speed. Careful and deliberate decisions after consultations get far better results. And better results for our country is what the APC government for CHANGE is all about.

I would like to end my address this morning on our agenda for CHANGE. Change does not just happen. You and I and all of us must appreciate that we all have our part to play if we want to bring change about. We must change our lawless habits, our attitude to public office and public trust. We must change our unruly behavior in schools, hospitals, market places, motor parks, on the roads, in homes and offices. To bring about change, we must change ourselves by being law-abiding citizens.

Happy Independence celebrations. Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

18 Comments

  1. AtL's finest

    October 1, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Ok I know reading is fundamental but I didn’t read all that & pls don’t ask why!!! I’m just here to wish y’all a Happy OCT 1st & let’s pray for the poor bcuz only the rich gets richer mtchew..

    • jayboogie

      October 1, 2015 at 10:48 am

      LOL. Me too! same old speech jor .

    • X

      October 1, 2015 at 10:53 am

      You should actually take time to read it. Made a lot of good sense, Plus don’t forget “you and I all have a part to play” 🙂

  2. Another Mimi

    October 1, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Nice speech. I wish Nigerians will start keeping the promises they made in the national anthem and pledge. Happy independence day.

  3. Martha

    October 1, 2015 at 9:46 am

    HAPPY INDEPENDENCE Celebrations to you all Nigerians

  4. Temii

    October 1, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Awww aww. I love Buhari. Happy Independence Day Nigeria!

  5. Oluwabusola Adedire

    October 1, 2015 at 11:12 am

    ‘I would like to end my address this morning on our agenda for CHANGE. Change does not just happen. You and I and all of us must appreciate that we all have our part to play if we want to bring change about. We must change our lawless habits, our attitude to public office and public trust. We must change our unruly behavior in schools, hospitals, market places, motor parks, on the roads, in homes and offices. To bring about change, we must change ourselves by being law-abiding citizens’.

    The last paragraph is everything!

    • Lami

      October 1, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Exactly o, people are so lawless in this country, yet they want change. If you don’t change yourself, you won’t recognise change when you see it

    • nnenne

      October 2, 2015 at 1:50 am

      Yes o. Change doesn’t just mean taking GEJ out of office. Change is a collective effort. Even Buhari alone can’t bring change on.

  6. NG

    October 1, 2015 at 11:53 am

    “…every new govt inherits problems, ours was no different ..
    what Nigerians want are solutions not recitation of problems inherited”. Hurrah!!! We got the message through at last! But alas, how long it took to do this! Not to bother, better late than never…there is hope after all. Go dear Presidio, go! Roll up d sleeves & let governance now begin & we will be cheering on if we see good inclusive efforts. If we hear only noise and divisive moves, we will maintain d SCREAM!!!! cos we love our dear Naija. Happy birthday dear Nation of destiny.

  7. Ada Nnewi

    October 1, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria! God bless Nigeria! Change begins with all of us…God bless the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

  8. Ngozi

    October 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Please Nigerians this is OUR country we are talking about. Read the speech and inform yourself on what our leaders have planned to do. The same way we are non chalant about affairs of governance is the same they will be too.

    It’s a good speech and I’m happy Buhari addressed some of the hot topics right now in simple english, I like his emphasis on having a well thought out plan. It’s our impatience and negligence of order that has seriously damaged the country. I pray to God that these words will manifest beautifully in the lives of Nigerians across the country.

    God bless Buhari’s government, God bless Nigerians and God bless this country

  9. Las

    October 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    “People should only fear the consequences of their actions.” – that right there is what many people do not want to admit or talk about. We will all reap what we sow, it is the law of nature.

  10. dupsy

    October 1, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    My people happy independence day! Let us give this new government a chance o! Rome was not built in a day, patience is key to seeing changes. I remember when Buhari and late Idiagbon came to power in 1984, Nigeria really was on the right course honestly with the WAI ( War Against Indiscipline). Please let us show the world we are capable of being law abiding citizens,.

  11. ajikoko

    October 1, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Buhari is a good man. In just few months electricity supply come be like garri. The best is yet to come. Long live Nigeria.

  12. Bobolink

    October 1, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Great speech by the president. I hope it becomes a reality…..that will be even more impressive.

  13. phoenixceleste

    October 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    The last paragraph said it all. Yes we all must change our attitude to everything,Nigeria is perceived a lawless country to many esp the elite ,and thus optimize the unlawlessness.

  14. greatkany joe

    October 1, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    God is not mocked what ever thing a man sow that he shall reap Your lawless character is sending lot of Nigerians to early grave and you are drinking red wine and laughing. The God that turns nebu…. to a beast shall judge you

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