Nigeria at 60: Full textual content of Buhari’s Independence Day speech

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday addressed the nation on the event of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day anniversary.

He appealed to Nigerians to solidify their power, improve dedication and encourage others to try this what is correct.

Buhari additionally mirrored on Nigeria’s journey to Independence.

His full speech under:

Fellow Nigerians

I converse to you at this time as your President and fellow citizen on this epoch event of our nation’s 60th independence Anniversary. As President, I want to renew my appreciation to Nigerians for entrusting me together with your hopes and aspirations for a greater and higher Nigeria.

2. Right this moment, it’s my distinctive privilege to re-commit myself to the service of this nice nation of nice individuals with profound diversities and alternatives. We’re sure by future to be the biggest and best black nation on earth.

3. At this stage in our nationhood it can be crucial that we mirror how we acquired right here to allow us work TOGETHER to get to the place we aspire to be as a powerful indivisible nation, united in hope and equal in alternative.

4. On October 1st 1960 when Prime Minister Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa acquired the constitutional devices symbolizing Nigeria’s independence, he expressed his want that having acquired our rightful standing as an unbiased sovereign nation, historical past would file that the constructing of our nation proceeded on the wisest tempo.

5. This optimism was anchored on the peaceable planning, full and open session and harmonious cooperation with the completely different teams which culminated in Nigeria rising as a rustic with out bitterness and bloodshed.

6. Our founding fathers understood the crucial of structuring a Nationwide id utilizing the facility of the state and labored in the direction of unification of Nigerians in a politically secure and viable entity.

7. That philosophy guided the inspiration that was laid for our younger nation of 45 million individuals with an city inhabitants of roughly 7million occupying an space of 910,768 sq. kilometers. These demographics led to growth challenges for which main efforts had been made to beat.

8. Right this moment, we grapple with a number of challenges with a inhabitants exceeding 200million occupying the identical land mass however 52% residing in city areas.

9. Sixty years of nationhood supplies a chance to ask ourselves questions on the extent to which now we have sustained the aspirations of our founding fathers. The place did we do the proper issues? Are we on track? If not the place did we stray and the way can we treatment and retrace our steps?

10. Upon attaining independence, Nigeria’s development trajectory was anchored on insurance policies and programmes that positively impacted on all sectors of the financial system. Nonetheless, this journey was lower quick by the 30-months of civil struggle.

11. We got here out of the civil struggle with a concentrate on reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation that enabled the nation to place in place world class growth constructions and a strengthened public service that nicely served the federal government. This optimistic trajectory continued with a return to democratic authorities which was truncated by one other spherical of army rule.

12. For a cumulative 29 of our 60 years existence as a nation, now we have been underneath army rule.

13. My abstract of our journey as far as a nation is critical to appropriately chart the place we have to go and the way to get there TOGETHER.

14. Right this moment, I’m conscious that our financial system together with each single financial system on the planet is in disaster. We nonetheless face safety challenges in components of the nation, whereas our society suffers from a excessive lack of ethical rectitude which is pushed by unbridled longing for political management.

15. An underlying reason for a lot of the issues now we have confronted as a nation is our constant harping on artificially contrived fault-lines that now we have harboured and allowed unnecessarily to fester.

16. As well as, establishments equivalent to civil service, police, the judiciary, the army all suffered from a common decline

17. We have to start a honest strategy of nationwide therapeutic and this anniversary presents a real alternative to get rid of previous and outworn perceptions which can be all the time put to check within the lie they all the time are.

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18. The stereotype of pondering of ourselves as coming from one a part of the nation earlier than seeing ourselves as Nigerians is a key place to begin to venture us on the highway to our deserved nation’s evolution and integration.

19. To start out this therapeutic course of, we’re already blessed with a very powerful asset any nation requires for such – OUR PEOPLE – and this has manifested globally within the exploits of Nigerians in lots of fields.

20. It has been demonstrated time and time once more that Nigerians within the diaspora steadily excel in science, know-how, drugs, sports activities, arts and plenty of different fields.

21. Equally, the creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Nigerian at dwelling have resulted in globally acknowledged endeavours.

22. I’m satisfied that if we pursue our aspirations TOGETHER we might have the ability to obtain no matter we need. That knowledgeable our adopting the theme TOGETHER to mark this epochal occasion.

23. Collectively we are able to change our situation for the higher and extra importantly, collectively we are able to do rather more for ourselves and for our nation.

24. I selected the trail of self-reflection as a result of that is what I do each day and I need to confess that at most occasions, I all the time felt the necessity for a collective reflection as I do know that the inspiration for a strong future which this administration is laying can solely be sustainable if there’s a collective dedication by Nigerians.

25. Nigeria just isn’t a rustic for Mr. President, any ruling or opposition occasion however a rustic for all of us and we should play our half, no matter challenges we face, to make this nation what we need.

26. To realize this, we should focus our minds, TOGETHER as a individuals, on methods of resolving the recognized crucial challenges that underlie our current state. These embrace:

a. Evolving and sustaining a democratic tradition that leaves energy within the arms of the individuals;

b. Supporting the enthronement of the rule of regulation, demanding accountability of elected representatives and contributing to good governance;

c. Growing our dedication to peaceable co-existence in a peaceable, safe and united Nigeria;

d. Harnessing and Optimizing our large human and pure sources to achieve our objective of being within the high twenty economies of the world and within the course of;

e. Lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years;

f. Strengthening establishments to make them stronger in defending Nationwide Pursuits; and

g. Imbibing tolerance in range.

27. I’m a agency believer in clear, free, truthful and credible elections as has been demonstrated throughout my interval as a democratically elected President.

28. The current build-up and eventual end result of the Edo State elections ought to encourage Nigerians that it’s my dedication to bequeath to this nation processes and procedures that will assure that the individuals’s votes depend.

29. The issues with our electoral course of are primarily human induced as determined need for energy results in determined makes an attempt to realize energy and workplace.

30. Democracy, the world over and as I’m pursuing in Nigeria, acknowledges the facility of the individuals. Nonetheless, if some constituencies select to cut price off their energy, they need to be ready for denial of their rights.

31. This name is made extra pressing if we realise that even after a clear, free, truthful and credible election, desperation results in compromising the judiciary to upturn authentic choices of the individuals.

32. It’s essential to, subsequently help the enthronement of the rule of regulation by avoiding actions which compromise the judiciary.

33. Fellow Nigerians, our historical past has proven that we’re a people who have the capability to reside peacefully with each other.

34. As a authorities, we stay dedicated to our constitutional oath of securing the lives and properties of the citizenry. I, nevertheless, name on the citizenry to additionally help authorities by offering the mandatory group stage intelligence in addressing these challenges.

35. In shifting ahead collectively, it is very important strengthen our financial system to supply sustainable technique of livelihood for as many Nigerians as potential in order to eradicate absolute poverty from our midst.

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36. I need to re-emphasize my dedication and dedication, a dedication and dedication that propelled my public service profession and knowledgeable my quest to repeatedly search for a chance to enhance the lives of Nigerians, set the nation on the trail of prosperity and lead the nation to a greater future.

37. This administration has been targeted on rebuilding and laying the foundations for a sustainable Nigeria. After all, now we have met and are nonetheless assembly the challenges inherent in any rebuilding initiative – extra in order that of a nation like Nigeria that has undergone avoidable ranges of deprivation – however will be surmounted if all of us work collectively.

38. I want to re-iterate that our individuals and our spirit of excellence stays our most necessary asset.

39. On this smart, the necessity to return to our age-old moral and excessive ethical values can be essential and this knowledgeable my launching of the Nationwide Ethics and Integrity Coverage on Monday 28th September, 2020.

40. The coverage wouldn’t implement itself and the primary contact of the visibility of its implementation is the Public Service whose on-going reforms can be anticipated to be sustainable and provides a radical re-direction in offering providers to all Nigerians.

41. Fellow Nigerians, along with public well being challenges of working to comprise the unfold of the Coronavirus, now we have suffered a big drop in our overseas trade earnings and inner revenues on account of 40 per cent drop in oil costs and steep drop in financial actions, resulting in a 60 per cent drop in authorities income.

42. Our authorities is grappling with the twin problem of saving lives and livelihoods in face of drastically lowered sources.

43. On this regard, sustaining the extent of petroleum costs is now not potential. The federal government, since coming into workplace has acknowledged the financial argument for adjusting the worth of petroleum. However the social argument in regards to the knock-on impact of any adjustment weighed closely with the federal government.

44. Accordingly, within the final three years, now we have launched unprecedented measures in help of the financial system and to the weakest members of our society within the form of:

a. Tradermoni

b. Farmermoni

c. College Feeding Programme

d. Job creation efforts

e. Agricultural intervention programmes

45. No authorities up to now did what we’re doing with such scarce sources. Now we have managed to maintain issues going despite the disproportionate spending on safety. These within the earlier Governments from 1999 – 2015 who presided over the close to destruction of the nation have now the impudence to aim to criticize our efforts.

46. Within the circumstances, a accountable authorities should face realities and take powerful choices.

47. Petroleum costs in Nigeria are to be adjusted. We promote now at N161 per litre. A comparability with our neighbours will illustrate the purpose;

a. Chad which is an oil producing nation costs N362 per litre

b. Niger, additionally an oil producing nation sells 1 litre at N346.

c. In Ghana, one other oil producing nation, petroleum pump worth is N326 per litre.

48. Additional afield, Egypt costs N211 per litre. Saudi Arabia costs N168 per litre. It is mindless for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than in Saudi Arabia.

49. Fellow Nigerians, to attain the nice nation we need, we have to solidify our power, improve our dedication and encourage ourselves to try this which is correct and correct even when nobody is watching.
50. Fellow Nigerians, allow us to collectively resolve to proceed our journey past the sixty years on the clear understanding that as a nation we’re higher collectively than being smaller models of nationalities. By the particular grace of God we will come by means of any transient challenges.

51. It’s my honest hope that by the top of this anniversary on September 30th 2021, we are going to all be pleased with taking this particular person and collective self-assessment for the progress of our nice Nation.

Lengthy Reside the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

God Bless us all. Thanks.

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