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Pray For Luck, President Tells Nigerians

Posted: May 31, 2015 at 12:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa,  Abuja

As much as many Nigerians are expecting President Muhammadu Buhari to wave the magic wand and bring about change in various aspects of their lives, the man at the centre also expects them to play their part.

General Muhammadu Buhari

General Muhammadu Buhari

This he said they can do by praying. Hence, the President’s speech at the inaugural dinner called on Nigerians to pray fervently that he delivers on his campaign promises.

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

Buhari also enjoined Nigerians to be patient, as he seeks solutions to the nation’s numerous challenges with the cooperation of friendly nations.

Speaking at the InaugurationGala at the Presidential Villa to mark his May 29, 2015 inauguration on Friday night, he recalled having lost election three times, even as he noted that previous election results were written in private homes and announced on radio. Correcting the anomaly through the courts, he said was difficult, giving credence to the effectiveness of the adoption of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Buhari reminded all that “a lot of damage has been done,” and that what is important now, is for the country to be more efficiently managed. This is what, he added, his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), is all about.

According to him, “this was why the legacy parties made the sacrifice of jettisoning their personal ambitions, tried to come together and took the bull by the horns and, therefore, brought it down and slaughtered it, literally.”

The President also described Nigeria’s unemployment rate as a “keg of gunpowder (the nation is) sitting on,” assuring that his administration is committed to providing better security for Nigerians as soon as possible.

Buhari thanked Nigeria’s neighbours for helping the country fight insurgency, and disclosed that Nigeria’s friends in Europe and U.S. have in their discussions with him 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 and consulting the country’s immediate neighbours, before reaching out to Europe and U.S. for help.

The President said his administration would focus on agriculture and mining as a way of engaging the unemployed youths who form more than 60 per cent of the population.

He added that these measures are important, realising that if things go wrong in Nigeria, it would adversely affect the African continent, because other countries would not be able to manage the refugee crisis.

One of the special guests at the event, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, congratulated Jonathan for deepening democracy in Nigeria, describing 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 honour Jonathan took would not be forgotten, adding that the new administration would need time to take stock and make 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 was Presidents of Sierra Leone, Mali, and Guinea, as well as former leaders – Olusegun Obasanjo, Yakubu Gowon, Ernest Shonekan – Senate President David Mark and Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha.