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We will Battle Corruption to the Ground – President Buhari in New Year Message to Nigerians



President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration’s determination to wrestle corruption to the ground remains unshaken.

The President, who gave the assurance in his New Year message to Nigerians, however, said that the fight against corruption would be guided by respect for the rule of law and due process.

He vowed that his administration would not spare anybody or organ of government in the ongoing crusade against corrupt practices.

President Buhari also commended the military for the successes record against Boko Haram.

He called for peace among Nigerians, while listing efforts by the Federal Government in bringing the economy out of recession.

Read below:

My dear Compatriots,

I am happy to welcome you to the beginning of a New Year in our beloved country Nigeria.

I felicitate with you today at a time when our nation is witnessing a new and impressive turnaround in our security and socio-economic situation.

I know you will join me to, once again, congratulate the heroic and gallant efforts of our military and other security agencies on their remarkable successes to rid the nation of terrorism.

Following the successful capture of Sambisa Forest, spearheaded by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, we have entered a new phase in our battle against our common enemy, Boko Haram.

When we see our beloved 21 Chibok girls reuniting with their families and community for Christmas, it gives us the hope that those who are still in captivity will one day return to the loving arms of family, friends and well-wishers.

I urge all Nigerians to be on the alert and watch out for strange figures settling in their communities, and report to the nearest security agencies, as our armed forces intensify the pursuit of fleeing terrorists from the captured Sambisa Forest.

Misguided elements who decided to take up arms against constituted authorities must be brought to face the full weight of the law.

The support of all Nigerians to security agencies to enable them successfully execute their mandate is crucial in our bid to effectively secure our country.

Seeing the joyful return of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to Damasak town in Borno State, following the reopening of Maiduguri/Gubio/Damasak road in Northern Borno on December 25, 2016, reassured us that the voluntary return of IDPs in other parts of the country is imminent.

The Federal Government will spare no effort in seeing to the resettlement and rehabilitation of the unfortunate victims of terrorism and insurgency. I urge state governments, privileged Nigerians, donor agencies and countries to redouble their contributions towards this goal.

Government is aware of some mistakes and wrongdoings in handling the affairs of IDPs. We are taking measures to correct those mistakes and punish the culprits.

In this New Year, I want to reassure all Nigerians that our defence and security forces are more than ever before ready to perform their constitutional role of protecting lives and property in the country; and we will surely overcome all other forms of security challenges.

The lingering security issues in several states will be frontally addressed. These ugly crises cannot be allowed to fester as they strain the unifying bonds of brotherhood and neighbourliness. Some sections of the press and some politicians should avoid provocative and inflammatory statements, while the government is painstakingly trying to find solutions to our challenges.

I want to remind you on the first day of this New Year of an African proverb that says “it is easy to break a broomstick but not a bunch”. Nigeria is a bunch and is more than equal to troublemakers.

I have interacted with a broad spectrum of Nigerians, the old and the young, and they have told me unequivocally that they believe in the unity and stability of Nigeria.

The year 2017 provides an opportunity for us to build on those aspects of our national life that unite us. We are courageous, hardworking, hospitable, steadfast and resilient people, even in the face of difficulties.

These are the attributes that define us and have for years confounded the pessimists who do not believe in our continued existence as a united and indivisible nation. We are a remarkable nation that has succeeded in harnessing our multiple diversities for national development. We must continue to support and tolerate one another and live together as one.

We will continue to pursue peace initiatives in the Niger Delta as I again, call on our brothers in that region who have taken to violent disruptions of economic infrastructure to come to the negotiating table.

As for our brothers and sisters of the Shia Community, we urge them, too, to embrace peace. They must accept the laws of the country they live in. They cannot be islands by themselves. At the same time, the law enforcement agencies must treat them humanely and according to the rule of law.

On our part, in the past 20 months since our inauguration on May 29, 2015, we have focused our energies to turn around the economy, create jobs, fight corruption, and transform agriculture to replace oil and gas as a major revenue earner for the nation. I am encouraged that we are getting things right.

The agricultural revolution has begun. Farmers in different parts of the country are experiencing bumper harvests; states are getting into strategic partnership towards attaining self-sufficiency in rice, and the era of over-dependence on oil for foreign exchange revenues is gradually waning. I am optimistic that the CHANGE we all yearned for in voting this administration to power in 2015 will manifest more and be sustained in different sectors, particularly agriculture, in 2017.

As you may be aware, our economic recovery and growth plan in 2017 is anchored on optimizing the use of local content and empowering local businesses.

In pursuit of this administration’s philosophy, we will continue to appeal that we buy “Made In Nigeria” goods. Like I said during the 2017 Budget presentation to the National Assembly, farmers, small and medium-sized manufacturers, agro-allied businesses, dressmakers, entertainers and technology start-ups, will remain the true drivers of our economic future. They are the engine of our economic recovery and their needs underpin our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

On job creation, this administration will sustain existing programmes aimed at lifting a vast number of our youth out of poverty, while at the same time creating the opportunities for people to fend for themselves.

Our determination to wrestle corruption to the ground remains unshaken. This fight, which will be guided by respect for the rule of law and due process, will not spare anybody or organ of government. It is a collective undertaking and resolve that must be seen to its logical conclusion in spite of certain distractions. The fate of our country lies partly in the success of this campaign. It will be unthinkable on my part to allow the boat of this crucial campaign promise capsize mid-stream.

I thank you for the public support for our administration’s efforts to transform Nigeria. I assure you again that the current pains are temporary and will ease when the economic seeds in gestation begin to bloom to fruition. I urge you to continue to support this administration in its effort to transform Nigeria for the good of all.

I wish you a Happy New Year, 2017.


  1. Mrs chidukane

    December 31, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Why do they always omit the Fulani herdsmen? Why doesn’t the president ever mention them? Are they carrying out his mandate or is it because they’re his kinsmen?

    • Bey

      January 1, 2017 at 1:16 am

      Because he is also a Fulani herdsman, shebi he owns herds of cattle, therefore a herdsman.
      Maybe they have a code of conduct in dere society he is adhering to. As he is dere chief patron “allegedly”

    • Ije-luv

      January 1, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Exactly. Not one mention of them.smh

  2. Cocolette

    December 31, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    E don do with corruption…make una try battle hunger…clueless government

    • X

      January 1, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Yea…you prolly didn’t have any patient to read the whole address. This is 2017…reading is so fundamental!

    • X

      January 1, 2017 at 7:58 am


  3. A Niger Deltan

    December 31, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Yeah. The people be all dead by that time from hunger. maybe y’all can enjoy the bounty alone. The smaller the merrier. Interestingly, I started questioning the meaning of corruption. I went to the dictionary and one meaning stuck out – moral perversion; depravity. Depravity has another meaning, which is wickedness. Any action that comes at the expense of human existence, even if done in the name of common good and humanity is depraved, wicked and still morally perverted. Hunger that debases people is one of such. when people are so deprived of the right to live decently, and not even a single word of remorse or commiseration is coming from the source of the difficulty, the effect negates the whole purported intent, which according to y’all is ending corruption. All you are doing is stopping people who do not have godfathers in Aso Rock from pilfering. What you actually are doing is causing people to subject themselves to circumstances they would otherwise not embrace such as prostitution, robbery and other criminal vices to put food on the table for the day or to pay school fees for the next semester. When someone has to break down their moral compass because of your imposed hardship, so that they can not become extinct from hunger and disease, you are breeding a different kind of corruption. My personal opinion is that the one you are breeding is the stealthily treacherous kind that eats deep into the moral fabric of the individual in ways that are irreparable, and with exceedingly great adverse consequences for your war on corruption. Only someone with self value and worth can desire corruption. One who has had to debase him or herself to just eat permanently bears that grudge against society and the institutions in society they can point to as culprits, i.e., government, and will be largely incapable of understanding why others should not bite the bullet they have had to taste. My great grand Ma used to tell us stories of how society was kept on the straight and narrow in their time. I remember her saying once someone killed unintentionally like during a fight, they had to have their eyes and hands “spiritually washed” or they would kill again and again. The pull of the power over others lives would be too great. When that did not work, the community would kill or exile them because they would become a menace to society. You are breeding kidnappers, robbers, stealth killers among our youth because their parents have been reduced to egg and sperm donors because your econ policies or lack thereof has stripped them of the power to be caretakers and guardians. You are not breeding one or two. You are breeding entire communities of them. All their eyes and hands cannot be “washed” – you can replace with the term rehabilitated. All of them cannot be exiled. All of them cannot be killed. You are breeding corruption. No, I take that back. You are breeding the mother of corruption. Chew on this note. You have enough years on earth to know that what I am telling you is the TRUTH.

    • A Niger Deltan

      December 31, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Meant to say “Only someone with self value and worth can understand corruption.”

  4. DD

    December 31, 2016 at 10:41 pm


  5. Iya

    December 31, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Oga e don do abeg. We have heard enough and you’re seriously beginning to sound like a clueless broken record. Just start acting. Happy new year Bella naijans. Genuinely wish everyone the very best this year. 2017 will be a greater year for us all. God bless.

  6. A Niger deltan

    December 31, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Bella, post my comment. Stop censorship

  7. Bey

    January 1, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Don’t care about reading ur epistle or your “kwaruption” either.
    Can someone with an empty stomach honestly care about corruption.
    Dollar is almost at N500……,.,.,… Mschewwww

  8. EE

    January 1, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Is there a method to the madness. This will either be genius in 2019 or really stupid.

  9. gbaskelebo evolving

    January 1, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I really wish that he will face the real problem at hand and stop fighting ghost. wishing everyone here a blessed 2017! greater success and better you!

  10. Susie

    January 1, 2017 at 8:11 am

    corruption- the one thing African leaders love to talk about but somehow never eradicate. the truth is that most of these leaders who talk about corruption would not survive 3 seconds in a corruption free world… even if they don’t enjoy ‘the benefits’, there’s always a wife or girlfriend or family member or party member whom they know is ‘enjoying’ & can never correct

  11. that uptown girl

    January 1, 2017 at 8:51 am

    O burukwa bia! A na agwo ibi o na eto afo.

  12. nene+

    January 1, 2017 at 8:57 am

    As we speak you are running the most corrupt government! Your family and affiliates. When will you battle the never seen exchange rates? Hunger,unemployment,insecurity posed by your brothers (Fulani herdsmen)? Oga did you see the picture from Kaduna and Enugu massacre?
    Mr Buhari please this is new year no one cares about rhetorics. Google “what presidents do” that might help you. I am only afraid you don’t know how to use the computers and who will assist you now that Zhara is married? Nigeria don enter one-chance !

  13. Benny

    January 1, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Clueless, bigoted, brutal, ethnic warlord

  14. Bowl

    January 1, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Ta mechie gi onu!We have seen you and the corruption you are fighting

  15. Tola

    January 1, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Please leave corruption and fight recession. which kin thing bi this!

  16. NG

    January 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    You think the divide and rule tactics of singling out the South South issues for some cosmetic attention because of their oil and ignoring the South East is still a master strategy? We have all seen though that Mr president.

    The greatest corruption facing the land today is that foisted by the Fulani oligarchy, using Southern resources to run their unsustainable systems. Deal with that first please

  17. NG

    January 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    The Nigeria of Mr President’s dream is obviously not the Nigeria of my dream, nor the Nigeria of many people’s dream.
    The Nigeria he sees is a continuation of the old order, an entity unrecognisable from what the founding fathers envisaged.
    The dream was a Nigeria where component parts played up their strengths in comparative advantages. Where the yoruba girl ready to fly, the Igbo boy willing to soar, will not be told to wait for catch-up by the Fulani girl, tethered to early marriage and other girl-child cultural disadvantages.
    The Nigeria of those dreams is not one where you maintain a collective purse for VAT and all resources and rapaciously empower regions other than those from where the bulk of the income come from. And when they agitate? You unleash the full force of the army and police under your care on the.

    The Nigeria of those dreams is not where your people that dont measure up to others on level playing fields like schools get to fill up major key posts in government and then when you have inefficincies in those establishment, you wonder why. Meanwhile, the others are forced out of their country to sojourn in foreign lands to develop other climes and when they say ‘no more’ you unleash the army on them and practice all manners of stupid symbolic ‘dances’ in immature attempts at mockery.

    Corruption Mr president is at your doorstep and in your bosom. Corruption is running for president without secondary school certificate and when challenged, you ran to a court full of SANs rathern than simply presenting the document.

    Corruption is seeing your agents try to destroy the economy of farmers nationwide and remaining so silent even CAN now understands you have an ulterior motive.

    Corruption is pretending the SE will remain in servitude when it is evident the fire is being stoked and history knowledge before untold are now getting to be mainstream knowledge which MUST be addressed.

    Corruption is carrying out personal vendetta against Dasuki with state resources and organs while letting those tht corruptly funded your election walk about as free men.

    Corruption is being such a divisive leader that i am even here typing this on a new year because you have awakened the realisation in me and my generation that the agenda you and your ilk have is one of domination and subjugation of others, even if that means Nigeria continues as a weak state.

    Corruption is being satisfied with being a mediocre country so long as your people are disadvantageously favoured in the military, civil service, etc instead of restructuring the country as a true federalism and allowing those with wings to soar and then ultimately help the rest of the country to move to civilisation and true development.

    Corruption is your divide and rule tactics where you assume sharing the private and public sectors with the SW and letting the rest ‘scramble’ for left overs is a sustainable way to run Nigeria.

    Corruption is keeping majority of your people in ignorance so the minority will continue to dominate and rule the majority of your own people under the ‘opiatic’ influence of religion.

    In short Mr president i see corruption in so many things i can recount besides the lining of pockets by selfish politicians who got foisted on their people by your rigged and corrupt systems that have sustained your group in power and kept the country comatose.

    In short Mr president, i see corruption, and YOU represent the face of true corruption to me and many, as a representative of , not Nigeria, but your branch of Nigeria, a truly corrupt branch.

  18. Lailatu

    January 1, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you sir, but how about you fight the ongoing genocide in your country, the rising inflation and falling naira? That’s the fight we want in 2017.

  19. Mum

    January 1, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Yes oh, battle corruption to the ground while your citizens die of hardship.

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