PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that it is difficult to fulfil all his electoral promises due to the poor state of the economy he inherited which has made the task of running the making particularly difficult.
Speaking yesterday at the graduation ceremony of Course 24 of the National Defence College, Abuja, where he was the special guest of honour, President Buhari explained that although it was not easy to fulfil all the electoral promises, he and members of his team were trusting in God that they would deliver through hard work and sound vision. He added that he would work hard with his team to bequeath to the country a new orientation in leadership that would be service-driven.
President Buhari said: “Let me assure you all that this administration is committed to bequeathing to this nation, a new orientation in leadership that will be service-driven and committed to the realisation of its promises to the electorates. We are, however, not under any illusion that this task is an easy one but we have put our trust in God knowing that with hard work and sound vision, we will triumph.”
Furthermore, President Buhari expressed delight that in the last one year, through the hard work, dedication and sacrifices made by members of the nation’s armed forces and security services, Nigeria had been able to degrade the capacity of Boko Haram insurgents to wreck havoc. On the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers, the president said his administration would not condone any act of criminality.
“On the herdsmen/farmers clashes, I wish to state that this administration will not tolerate or condone acts of banditry and criminality, under any guise. As such, our security agencies have been mandated to deal with such acts decisively.
“Let me state that this administration has been working assiduously in conjunction with our local and international partners, to rebuild damaged communities in northeast part of our country. Similarly, we are committed to tackling the issues of underdevelopment and neglect in the Niger Delta area,” President Buhari added.
He stated that Nigeria had made tremendous progress in the last one year towards taking its rightful position in the committee of nations. President Buhari promised to continue to build on the progress in the coming years so as to ensure that Nigeria maintains the enviable heights it had achieved thus far, adding that it is a task that all Nigerians must resolve to do.