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Pray For Luck, Buhari Tells Nigerians

Posted: May 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

•Pledges To Tackle Nation’s Problems

By Chesa Chesa, Abuja

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined Nigerians to be patient with his new government and remain prayerful for luck as he seeks solutions to the nation’s numerous challenges with the cooperation of friendly countries.

He spoke on Friday night ?during the Presidential Inauguration Gala at the Presidential Villa, to mark his May 29, 2015 inauguration.

“I ask Nigerians to please bear with us; a lot of damage has been done”, said Buhari as explained that the need to more efficiently manage the country informed the convergence of like minds in the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to him, “Nigeria has to be well secured and efficiently managed; this is what the APC is all about.

“This was why the legacy parties made the sacrifice of jettisoning their personal ambitions, tried to come together and took the bull by the horn and therefore brought it down and slaughtered it literally.?

“Nigeria prays a lot; we need to even pray the more for luck so that expectations our people have, especially the youth, would be met.”?


He said the unemployment level in the country was a “keg of gunpowder we are sitting on” and his administration was committed to providing better security for Nigerians as soon as possible.

Buhahri thanked Nigeria’s neighbours for helping the country fight insurgency, and disclosed that Nigeria’s friends in Europe and U.S. had spoken to him personally and had identified the issue of security and other challenges as priorities.

He added that his administration would articulate the nation’s requirements after studying the handover notes from the past administration then consult the immediate neighbours, Europe and U.S. to help the nation.?

The President said his administration would focus on agriculture and mining towards engaging the unemployed youth who form more than 60 per cent of the population.?

The President noted that if things go wrong in Nigeria, it would adversely affect the African continent as other countries will not be able to manage the refugee crisis.

When he confronted Nigeria’s foreign partners with the refugee scenario, he said that it pricked their consciences and made them to assist with technology for successful vote count in the last elections.

Recalling that he had lost election three times, Buhari said previous election results were written in private homes and announced on the radio, and that trying the courts to reverse them was difficult.

One of the special guests at the event, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, congratulated Jonathan for deepening democracy in Nigeria and described the inauguration of Buhari as historic for the nation and indeed Africa.

He said: “Democracy is the winner and Nigeria is the winner. I congratulate all who made the election possible.

“I also congratulate former President Goodluck Jonathan for deepening democracy,’’

He said the path of honor Jonathan took would not be forgotten and added that the new administration would need time to take stock and take decisions that would push the nation forward.

He urged the new president to recognize the diversity of the country and accommodate everyone since the nation’s diversity remained its strength.?

Among those who attended the event were Presidents of Sierra Leone, Mali, and Guinea, as well as former leaders – Olusegun Obasanjo, Yakubu Gowon, Ernest Shonekan – Senate President David Mark, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha.