It’s the first day of the New year and celebration is up in the air. 2016 was relatively a good year. Even with conditioned obstacles there were still many testimonials of accomplishments. A big Shoutout and congratulations to all survivals. More grace, glory and accomplishments in 2017.

In the spirit of the season, our leaders have taken to the media to felicitate with the masses. At different levels of administration (Federal, State and Local), they’ve taken time to reel out congratulatory cum motivational messages. First, The President Muhammadu Buhari. In his New year message, he starts by congratulating Nigerians.

He however beckon on us to also congratulate the heroic and gallant efforts of our military and other security agencies on their remarkable successes to rid the nation of terrorism; our common enemy. According to him, the Federal government is ever ready and coomitted to protecting and safeguarding the nation.

—‘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.’ He said.

The president also reminded us about how important the unity of the nation is. He condemns every violent act or actions that will affect the bonding of the nation and urge the perpetrators to come to the negotiating table instead.

—‘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’. He continued.

In furtherance, he expressed the government’s commitment to overturn the present economic status through investment in small scale enterprises and locally produced commodity with particular reference to the green revolution. We are also adviced to always patronize the ‘made in Nigeria’ products.

—‘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’.

Finally, the president restates his commitment in fighting kwaruption. Therefore, continue to support this administration in its effort to transform Nigeria for the good. From the President to the good people of Nigeria, it’s a Happy New Year 2017.

‘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’.

The Senate President through his Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Saturday also reached out to the masses to congratulate and felicitate with Nigerians for witnessing the New Year in spite of the hard times. He also called for collective efforts to end the current recession and grow the economy. Below is an excerpt from the long speech:

‘I believe that working collectively in the New Year, we will be able to right the wrongs of the past and ensure renewed economic, social and political development of our dear country. This is not the time to despair as there are signs that things will get better today in the new year.’

‘We must realize that amid our economic challenge lies our greatest opportunity to diversify and be self-reliant as a nation. This we can do by strengthening the capacity of our entrepreneurs to produce using local content and while we all decide to always buy made in Nigeria goods’
‘Even though we are not where we want to be as a nation yet, we must continue to take those steps that will eventually bring us to our envisioned destination as a prosperous and peaceful country,’
‘Working together, we will fulfill the mandate of the millions of Nigerians that we represent,” he said, “Success is our only option in these turbulent economic times.’

He further asserted that the legislature and the executive would collaborate more closely to advance policies and programmes that would end the economic recession in the New Year.

From everyone one of us at the Muzzammilwrites Initiative, we wish you Happy New Year (2017).

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