Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on
Saturday pledged that mass killings of innocent Nigerians, abductions and other
criminal atrocities would soon become history in the country.
The president made the pledge in his Easter message to the
He said that his administration was determined to achieve
peace and security across the nation by ending the avoidable conflicts and crises
that hindered national progress.
He said already the nation’s security apparatus were being
reformed and empowered to win the war against terrorism and other criminal
activities across the country.
He said that the unfortunate incidences in recent years
where the blood of men, women and children are wantonly and callously shed in
frequent orgies of criminal, political, ethnic and religious violence had
become embarrassing and unacceptable.
"My administration is determined to achieve peace and
security across our nation by ending the avoidable conflicts and crises that
hinder our national progress.
"I ask for the support of all Nigerians in this regard. We
must put a stop to politically motivated killings.
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"Our communities must be made safe again for all
inhabitants to live together in peace and harmony.
"Our armed forces, police and other security agencies are
being progressively reformed, repositioned and empowered to win the war against
terrorism and make mass killings, abductions and other criminal atrocities
things of the past in our beloved country.
"Let us all also play our parts as patriotic citizens and
do all that we can to ensure that we make Nigeria a safer, more peaceful and
happier place for its people and others,’’ he said.
The president, who rejoiced with Nigerians, especially
Christian brothers and sisters, who were celebrating Easter, urged them to
imbibe the essential message of Jesus Christ, who repeatedly urged his
disciples and followers to "love one another as I have loved you."
"As we celebrate Easter this year, I sincerely believe that
it will serve our dear nation very well if we all imbibe this essential message
of Jesus Christ and truly learn to love our countrymen and women as we love
"Indeed, we will surely make faster progress towards the
achievement of the peaceful, united, strong, progressive and prosperous country
we all desire if, as a nation, we eschew all divisive, parochial, ethnic and
religious sentiments and rivalries, and begin to live more harmoniously with
our compatriots, as Jesus Christ and the founders of the world's other great
religions enjoined mankind.’’
According to the president, faith, belief and the
fulfillment of expectations are also key themes of the Easter celebration.
He urged Nigerians to continue to have faith in the future
greatness of the nation and believe that the change his administration promised
would surely come to fruition.
"That change, which we all yearn for, will certainly occur
more rapidly if we all place the love of our country above selfish personal and
Buhari reassured Nigerians that his administration would
ensure that the 2016 budget recently passed by the National Assembly would be
efficiently and successfully implemented to achieve the objective of faster
economic growth and development.
While thanking Nigerians for their patience and
understanding in the first ten months of his administration, Buhari assured
that the Federal Government would continue to work "very hard to overcome the
challenges he encountered on assumption of office.
"We are moving on with an unshaken resolve and
determination to deliver on the mandate you gave us on March 28, last year.
"I wish you all happy Easter celebrations.’’