New Year: FG to deploy multi-faceted solutions to insecurity – Buhari assures

Insists considerable economic progress made in 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that his administration will, in this New Year, be deploying multi-faceted solutions that will be targeted at addressing human security at the grassroots, before it leads to insecurity.

President Buhari, who stated this on Thursday, in his New Year message to Nigerians, said the citizens remain grateful to the Almighty God for yet another year attained as a country “united by a common destiny and resolute in our determination to overcome the several challenges along the path to build the great and prosperous nation of our dream”.

He saluted the courage and resilience of all Nigerians, which he said “was evident in 2021, as this nation, like other countries of the world, faced significant challenges that occurred as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the efforts to restore the global economy and social order.

According to him, the persistent insecurity in certain parts of the country may have threatened to unravel the incremental gains achieved in the real sectors of the economy and in the administration’s overall objective to position the nation on the irreversible trajectory of sustainable growth and progress. He, however, assured Nigerians that his government will remain resolute in its commitments and shall continue to press ahead with its programmes and plans.

On the economy, President Buhari said his administration has shown a high level of resilience to record some significant achievements despite the turbulence that has characterised our economy and indeed the global economy.

According to him, the major successes his administration has recorded can be clearly seen in Nigeria’s most recent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics, (NBS). Despite the challenges faced as a nation, President Buhari said “the good news is that they have so far recorded four consecutive quarters of growth after the negative growth rates recorded in Quarter-2 and Quarter-3 of 2020 due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.

President Buhari further stated that his administration has given the utmost priority to fighting corruption and other related offences which have been a bane to the growth and prosperity of the nation. Despite these challenges in 2021, Buhari said it was also a year in which his administration executed successfully, key projects, programmes, and initiatives to fulfill the promises made under the Security, Economy Anti-corruption (SEA) agenda.

“As we welcome 2022, let us, with hope, envision a year of continued progress against our combined challenges arising from security and socio-economic issues. As it is said, the past is but a story told; the future will still be written in gold. Let us be united in our fight to keep our nation united against all odds and with gratitude, celebrate life in this new epoch”.

“I wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year”, he added.

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