Welcome to the beginning of a New Year of
the continuation of CHANGE in our beloved
nation. I am aware that Nigerians have
experienced a number of significant
hardships over the past months. Living in
the State House has not alienated me from
your daily sufferings. I am aware of the
lengthy queues at fuel stations and of the
difficulties businesses have faced in
acquiring foreign exchange.
These challenges are only temporary; we are
working to make things better. When I presented
myself to you as a presidential candidate and
asked you to vote for me, I wanted to be a leader
who keeps his promises. I wanted to be a leader
who restores the people’s hope in those elected to
serve them. I wanted to be a leader who initiates
positive and enduring CHANGE.
I am still totally committed to being that kind of
leader. Unforeseen circumstances and other
distractions notwithstanding, I shall still do my
utmost best to keep every promise I made to
Nigerians during my election campaign. In the past
seven months since our inauguration on May 29,
2015, my administration has focused on laying the
right foundation for the CHANGE you voted for
during our historic presidential election. Nigerians
will in due course begin to enjoy the fruits of all
our ongoing work.
The effective and efficient implementation of our
2016 budget proposals will address many of the
socio-economic issues that are of current concern
to our people. One area in which Nigerians,
especially those in the northeast, have already
begun to experience major CHANGE is in the war
on terror. I commend our Armed Forces for
significantly curtailing the insurgency which has
ravaged the northeast of Nigeria over the past few
However, there is still a lot of work to be done in
the area of security. Our Armed Forces will
maintain, consolidate and build on their successes
in the war against Boko Haram and violent
extremism. This government will not consider the
matter concluded until the terrorists have been
completely routed and normalcy restored to all
parts of the country that have been adversely
affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Our crackdown on corruption will continue to be
vigorously undertaken. I urge the courts to support
our efforts and help in the recovery of stolen funds
by speedily concluding trials and showing that
impunity no longer has a place in our country.
There is much work to do in other areas as well
and I have charged all my ministers and other
appointees to ensure that Nigerians experience
positive changes in their lives in 2016. We must
reduce our country’s reliance on oil. We must
diversify our economy.
And we must do all we can to promote job
creation. Our challenges are many but our
determination to succeed is strong and unshaken.
So too is our confidence in God. I wish you all a
Happy New Year.