President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to Nigerians to trust his administration in its efforts to “restore peace, security and prosperity” across Nigeria.
Mr Buhari stated this in his Christmas message to Nigerians sent to PREMIUM TIMES by his office.
“For me, providing security for all residents in the country remains an article of faith. It formed a vital segment of this Administration’s three-point agenda right from inception, and we must follow through with it,” he said.
Many parts of Nigeria are faced with various security challenges with kidnappings and murder now commonplace. Over 300 people were killed across Nigeria in November with over 200 others kidnapped.
Mr Buhari also said in a separate statement that because of the COVID-19 restrictions, he would “not be hosting the usual Christmas homage by religious and community leaders in the Federal Capital Territory.”
In his Christmas message, Mr Buhari said: “I felicitate with our Christian brothers and sisters in particular and all Nigerians in general on this joyous occasion of Christmas 2020, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
“In Christendom, Christmas season represents joy, peace, hope, love, goodwill and imminent salvation. These worthy values which Jesus’ Advent symbolize, are very much needed in our country at this time when we are confronted with diverse challenges like rising spate of armed banditry, kidnappings, insurgency, economic recession and upsurge of COVID-19 infections.
“I wish to, therefore, enjoin fellow compatriots to appropriate the hope that comes with Christmas and reinvest trust in this Administration’s determination and unwavering commitment to restore peace, security and prosperity to our dear country.
“Under my watch, the Federal Government will continue to provide the needed support within available resources to the gallant members of our armed forces and security agencies as they confront threats to our citizens. While I commend them for their efforts so far, I urge them to do more to checkmate increasing incidents of security threats especially in the northern parts of the country as well as the entire nation in varying degrees. Their display of tact, camaraderie, and expertise that led to the recent return of abducted schoolboys of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, will remain a milestone in the annals of the country.
“For me, providing security for all residents in the country remains an article of faith. It formed a vital segment of this Administration’s three-point agenda right from inception, and we must follow through with it.