- Highlights of President’s Independence Day broadcast…
- Lauds ex-President Jonathan for saving Nigeria
- Orders complete audit of CBN, FIRS, Customs, NCC
- Says, first batch of ministerial list sent to Senate
- We’ve received it, Saraki confirms
Anyway, the wait is over. The first set of names for ministerial nominees for confirmation has been sent to the Senate. Subsequent lists will be forwarded in due course. Impatience is not a virtue. Order is more vital than speed. Careful and deliberate decisions after consultations get far better results.
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the long wait for governance at the federal level to effectively start is now over.
He added, however, that for expected democracy dividends to get to Nigerians fast, all forms of untoward conducts must be jettisoned for the greater interest of the country.
In a nationwide broadcast this morning to mark the country’s 55th Independence Day celebration, Buhari described the day as “a day for joy and celebrations for us Nigerians; whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in because it is the day, 55 years ago, we liberated ourselves from the shackles of colonialism and began our long march to nationhood and to greatness.”
Urging all to be mindful of God’s abundant provisions for Nigeria inspite of challenges facing the nation, the president said Nigeria has all the attributes of a great nation, adding, however, that “we are not there yet because the one commodity we have been unable to exploit to the fullest is unity of purpose.”
Excerpts from the broadcast continued: “Nonetheless, that we have remained together is an achievement we should all appreciate and try to consolidate. We have witnessed this year a change in our democratic development.”
On the outcome of the last presidential election that brought him to office, Buhari acknowledged the statesmanly role of his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, whom he described a saviour of the country’s democracy.
He said: “The fact that an opposition party replaced an entrenched government in a free and fair election is indicative of the deeper roots of our democratic system. Whatever one’s views are, Nigerians must thank former President Jonathan for not digging-in in the face of defeat and thereby saving the country untold consequences.
“As I said in my inaugural speech, I bear no ill will against anyone on past events. Nobody should fear anything from me. We are not after anyone. People should only fear the consequences of their actions. I hereby invite everyone, whatever his or her political view, to join me in working for the nation.
“Our gallant armed forces under new leadership have taken the battle to the insurgents, and severely weakened their logistical and infrastructural capabilities. Boko Haram are being scattered and are on the run. That they are resorting to shameless attacks on soft targets such as IDP camps is indicative of their cowardice and desperation. I have instructed security and local authorities to tighten vigilance in vulnerable places.
“On power, government officials have held a series of long sessions over several weeks about the best way to improve the nation’s power supply in the safest and most cost effective way. In the meantime, improvement in the power supply is moderately encouraging. By the same token, supply of petrol and kerosene to the public has improved throughout the country. All the early signs are that within months the whole country would begin to feel a change for the better.
“Preliminary steps have been taken to sanitise NNPC and improve its operations so that the inefficiency and corruption could be reduced to a minimum. Those of our refineries which can be serviced and brought back into partial production would be enabled to resume operations so that the whole sordid business of exporting crude and importing finished products in dubious transactions could be stopped.
“In addition to NNPC, I have ordered for a complete audit of our other revenue generating agencies mainly CBN, FIRS, Customs, NCC, for better service delivery to the nation. Prudent housekeeping is needed now more than ever in view of the sharp decline in world market oil prices. It is a challenge we have to face squarely. But what counts is not so much what accrues but how we manage our resources that is important.”
Acknowledging the anxiety of Nigerians over the delay in constituting his cabinet, Buhari said there was no cause for it in the first case as his administration had set out to do things “methodically and properly.”
“Anyway, the wait is over. The first set of names for ministerial nominees for confirmation has been sent to the senate. Subsequent lists will be forwarded in due course. Impatience is not a virtue. Order is more vital than speed. Careful and deliberate decisions after consultations get far better results. And better results for our country is what the APC government for CHANGE is all about,” he then declared.
The President then tasked Nigerians to “change our lawless habits, our attitude to public office and public trust. We must change our unruly behavior in schools, hospitals, market places, motor parks, on the roads, in homes and offices. To bring about change, we must change ourselves by being law-abiding citizens.”
Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday evening announced that the long awaited ministerial list had been submitted to him by presidency officials.
Saraki, who confirmed receiving the list through his Twitter handle, said he received it at 5.30 pm and that it was delivered by Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, and presidential Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang,
It would be recalled that Buhari had promised to send the list to the Senate before the end September.