President Muhammadu Buhari has said that before Nigerians demand to see the changes
he promised them during the 2015 election, they must first change their own attitude by
shunning corruption and other social vices.
He adds that change is not about economic or social progress, but it is in terms of citizens’
Buhari said this while delivering a speech at the inauguration of the national re-orientation
campaign tagged, ‘Change Begins With Me’ in Abuja on Thursday.
The President acknowledged that Nigeria is currently passing through a challenging
period where hardly anything works normally.
He lamented that honesty, hard work and godliness had given way to all kinds of manifestations of lawlessness and degeneration in our national life.
Buhari said, “Our citizens must realise that the
change they want to see begins with them, and that personal and social reforms are not a theoretic exercise. If you have not seen the change in you, you cannot see it in others or
even the larger society.
“In other words, before you ask ‘Where is the change they promised us?’, you must first ask, ‘How far have I changed my ways? What have
I done to be part of the change for the greater good of society?’
The President said his government had done
well in the fight against corruption, adding
that the fresh campaign was a way of getting
Nigerians to join in the struggle.
He added, “The campaign we are about to launch today is all about the need for us to see
change, not merely in terms of our economic,
social progress but in terms of our personal
behaviour on how we conduct ourselves,
engage our neighbours, friends and generally
how we relate with the larger society in a positive and definitive way and manner that
promotes our common good and common
destiny, change at home, change in work
place, change at traffic junction, change at
traffic lights, etc.”
He said the value system of the nation had been eroded and that was why students
would prefer to embrace cultism rather than
face their studies. He said it was for the same
reason youths were vandalising oil pipelines
thus robbing the nation of much-needed
Buhari said the disintegration of social values
encouraged impunity and corruption in the
public sector which ultimately led to the
current economic recession.