Naij.com looks into the most important moments from President Muhammadu Buhari’s live address to the nation on Nigeria’s 55th Independence Day.
1. About ministerial list
“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.”
2. Why delayed
“There is no cause to be anxious. Our government set out to do things methodically and properly… It would have been haphazard to announce ministers when the government had not finalized the number of ministries to optimally carry the burden of governance… Order is more vital than speed.”
3. Let us put the differences aside!
“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.”
4. What the new government has done already
“At an early stage, the federal government addressed the issue of salary arrears in many states, a situation capable of degenerating into social unrest. The APC government stepped in to provide short-term support to the owing states and enabled them to pay off the backlog and restore the livelihood of millions of Nigerians.”
5. About change
“Change does not just happen. You and I and all of us must appreciate that we all have our part to play if we want to bring change about.”
6. Call to change-willing Nigerians
“We must change our lawless habits, our attitude to public office and public trust. We must change our unruly behaviour 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.”
7. Thanking Goodluck Jonathan
“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 consequence.”
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