Nigerian leader pledges to make the country great

Timothy Choji, Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that his administration will build on the successes it has so far recorded, in order to make the country great.

He gave the assurance on Tuesday, when he received members of the Buhari Media Organisation BMO at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Nigerian leader said he will continue to focus on his three agenda of enhancing security, revamping the economy and fighting corruption.

He said: “We would continue to intensify our efforts and ensure that our promises to Nigerians are kept and fulfilled. One message that is dear to me, which I urged you to propagate is that I am determined to end security challenges we are facing in the country and make Nigeria a peaceful and a prosperous country.

“I campaigned on three simple premises not different from those of 2015; to tackle insecurity, promote economic diversification and to fight corruption. Fulfilling these three promises are fundamental to taking Nigeria to the next level.”

President Buhari, who pledged to leave the country better than he met it, stressed that he will not relent in the fight against corruption, no matter who is involved or found wanting.

“I assure you that I am resolute on fulfilling these promises and will leave Nigeria a far better place than when we came.                                    

“It is not an easy job to sell the administration’s services, we are doing unpopular things and facing powerful individuals and taking on invested interest who are accustomed to the corrupt era. But we must do things the right way; if we promised change then we must deliver it. This is regardless of whose interest is touched. There must be a manifest departure from the old order.

“We are making significant progress and these are evident for all to see. Despite attempts by enemies to twist and bend facts, but most Nigerians know the truth,” he said.

Cabinet Members
As the nation awaits the naming of his cabinet members, President Buhari said he will assemble a formidable team to deliver his Next Level agenda to Nigerians.

“It is exactly a month ago, since I was sworn-in for a second term of office and the task ahead for the next four years would require a formidable team,” he said.

President Buhari commended his guests that as a team the Buhari Media Organisation has fought a good fight and won the race in the just concluded elections.

“Our government continues to grow in strength and will place a firm foundation for future generations. While there will be those who are determined to drag us back to the bad old days, your visit is timely.

“Your efforts have been commendable. I cannot thank you enough for your sacrifices during the first part of our journey. 

“We have just come off a rigorous campaigns during which I visit led all the 36 states of the federation campaigning, seeking the votes of Nigerians and telling them what we have done in the last four years.

“I acknowledge your steadfastness in telling the story of this administration’s successes. We will continue to intensify our efforts and ensure that our promises to Nigerians are kept and fulfilled. I employ you to continue the good work you have done with such commitment and the determination, ultimately your patriotism and love for this country can never be quantified or repaid,” the President said.

Political Issues
Earlier, Chairman of BMO, Niyi Akinsiju said the organisation regularly commissions the writing and publishing of newspaper opinion articles and press statements to elucidate and amplify government programmes and clarify on socio-economic and political issues being undertaken by the administration.

“Our members have also appeared regularly on television and radio to promote and defend the administration while maintaining an active presence on the social media on daily basis, engaging on issues affecting the President and his administration,” he said.

The BMO boss said the Buhari administration has achieved more since the return to democracy in the country with abundance of facts to prove.

He said: “Despite twisted narratives about clashes between farmers and pastoralists, your administration has shown the most commitment towards ending these decades-long conflicts; it has produced several strategies and plans aimed at providing a sustainable resolution. 

 “We are conscious of the need to push your achievements beyond elitists boundary to the millions of silent and media underserved Nigerians at the base of the pyramid. We are resolute that this must be done. We, therefore, respectfully, seek the strengthening of our organization, by a strategic reinforcement of our capacity – through the leadership of Messrs Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu and Laolu Akande.”