President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed confidence that the 2017 budget proposals which he will lay before the National Assembly on Wednesday would get the nation “out of its economic woes.”
President Buhari in his 2016 Eid el-Maulud message to the nation on Sunday said: “As we use the memorable occasion of this celebration to reflect on our current challenges, I urge you not to lose faith in the ability of this administration to make a difference in the lives of our people.”
He urged all Nigerians not to lose faith in the ability of his administration to make a difference in their lives.
According to Buhari, the reality of the temporary challenges should not undermine our hope, reverse our collective will to succeed or divide us; rather, it should remind us of why we need to stay together, fight together and succeed together.
“We all share a vision of a better Nigeria, and we will all share in the responsibility of building the country of our dreams.”
Acknowledging that the citizens look forward to seeing 2017 with hope and huge expectations, he assured Nigerians that with collective dedication and hard work, the nation would overcome “the mountain of economic difficulties, and return our country to the path of prosperity.”
On the Maulud, the president said: “Again the calendar of life has brought us into another period of celebration and deep reflection. Celebration, because we are marking the birth of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) and deep reflection because it is another opportunity of pausing, taking a deep breath and reflecting on the current realities before us.
“First of all, I wish all Muslims a happy and memorable celebration of the birth of the great Prophet, through whose teachings, particularly on peaceful living, tolerance, sobriety, generosity, sacrifice and honesty, and wisdom, the nation has gained immensely in building a harmonious and prosperous society. The universal truths of the Prophet’s values remain unchanged.”
He said against all odds, his administration had used “these pillars of strength in securing a just and fair society, and our efforts are beginning to yield dividends in curbing terrorism, militancy, corruption and other crimes that devalue our humanity.”
President Buhari wished all Nigerians a peaceful Eid-el-Maulud.