The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he wish well for Nigeria in meeting the expectations inspite the daunting challenges currently facing the nation.
He assured Nigerians however that the nation’s security apparatus — personnel of the Armed Forces and the police with a view to enhancing their capacity to overcome internal and external extremist as well as criminal groups waging war against some Communities in some parts of the Country.
Buhari disclosed this in his New year message to Nigerians on January 1, 2021 where he repeated assertion that his government was irrevocably committed in fulfilling the demands of youths in the wake of the nationwide #EndSARS protests.
The message said, “while acknowledging that 2020 was a very tough year, we saw this year put to the test our national resilience and ability to survive these tough times and also gave renewed hope that we will again brave any storm that lay ahead in 2021 and beyond.
“As we celebrate the opportunity before us in this New Year 2021, we must also acknowledge the passing of our brothers and sisters who didn’t make it into this New Year. May their souls rest in perfect peace.
“We must remember that we also celebrated the historic occasion of our sixty years as an independent and sovereign Country on October 1, 2020. In the spirit of hope and gratitude, I would like to remind us again that as a Country on the difficult journey to nationhood and greatness, we have confounded the many pundits at home and around the world who never gave the newly-born Country that emerged unto the world stage on October 1, 1960, a chance of surviving much longer than a few years.
“In this journey to nationhood, we have experienced the highs and lows. 2020 indeed came with a lot of challenges ranging from security and economic issues across the regions to understandable protests that were mainly led by our youths and served notice to the demand for police reforms and accountability.
“This government heard, this government listened and this government is committed to fulfilling the five demands of our youths, fully understanding that we all wish well for Nigeria.
“In the midst of all these challenges, I had initially pledged that as your elected President and Commander-in-Chief, I would ensure that these ongoing challenges will be faced head-on with renewed determination and with all the appropriateness and urgency required.
“Your voices have been heard and we would continue to listen to you, and all the key stakeholders who are committed to the unity of Nigeria to ensure that every region of this nation is safe for us all, while guaranteeing that the future is also secure for the coming generation.
“I wish to also use this occasion of New Year to reaffirm my commitment to the people of Nigeria, especially the youth who need our collective encouragement and support. In securing this nation we need to secure the future of our youth.
“Our young people are our most valuable natural resource, at home and abroad. Their ingenuity, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit is evident to all. Many of our young people are excelling in various spheres of life including sports, entertainment, information and communication technology, commerce and are globally recognised as achievers”, he said.