Abuja - Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has tasked members of the public to complement the administration of Muhammadu Buhari to develop the country in the coming year.
In his New Year message, Abubakar urged Nigerians at home and abroad to reflect on and dedicate themselves to unity, equity, security and development as they welcomed 2016.
“I call on fellow countrymen and women to work in concert for nation building and the consolidation of the dividends of our hard-earned democracy,” he said ahead of the New Year.
He said the New Year was a prime time for inner self reflection, stocktaking, resolutions and covenants.
“Hence, I urge my compatriots to remember their country in their every day prayers and actions throughout 2016 and beyond. For citizens are like spokes in the wheel of national progress; the whole can only function well if the units work positively in tandem. Nigerians should therefore work in concert to make Nigeria the great country of their dream.”
He called on Nigerians to become the real change-agent that would enthrone good governance, fair play and justice.
“As a firm believer and investor in education as propelling force for development, I task Nigerians to avail the country their enormous human resources and diverse potentials for the benefit of country and citizens,” Abubakar said.
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“We all must pull our abundant human capital together to create, motivate and innovate in a New World Order that boasts of comparative cutting edge advantage. It is the civic responsibility of citizens to pay taxes while it is the duty of political leaders to deploy same for the improvement and development of society.”
He said Nigeria could no longer relish being a petro-dollar mono economy in the face of global oil glut.
“Thus our unity in diversity and huge population will come in handy for the diversification of the ailing economy; provide jobs for millions of unemployed youth, and save the society from crime and criminality.”
Abubakar meanwhile enjoined Nigerians to be extra vigilant at all times and report suspicious elements to constituted authorities, especially in view of the strategy of terrorists to hit soft targets, having been sacked from and isolated from territories that had hitherto held sway.
He endorsed the leadership of Buhari.
“It is crystal clear even to his harshest critics that President Muhammadu Buhari means well for the country and intends to spend big and wisely in capital projects that would bring about needed infrastructure and public amenities that would in turn generate massive employment for ready hands. The least I can ask of you is to support him on his avowed commitment to make Nigeria work for all of us.”
Nigeria celebrates the New Year on the back of Boo Haram terror, a receding economy and political tensions.
- CAJ News