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Mistake of the past caused hardship not me, Buhari insists

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President Muhammadu Buhari in his Sallah message to Nigerians has reiterated that the present hardship in Nigeria is not his administration’s making but mistakes of the past.

He said Nigeria went into recession as a result of the cumulative effects of global economic downturn and failure of past government to plan and save for difficult times.

While he praised Nigerians for their steadfastness even in the present harsh economic realities, he said his government is making rigorous efforts to ensure Nigeria returns to economic prosperity.

“Fellow compatriots, as you celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir, I salute your steadfastness in spite of the difficult economic times the country is going through.

“The lessons of Eid are piety and sacrifice and, my dear brothers and sisters, you have exhibited these in equal measure.

“The present recession is as a result of cumulative effects of worldwide economic downturn and failure in the past to plan and save for difficult times. It is impossible to separate the present from the past to appreciate the extent to which mistakes of the past are affecting everyday life today.

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“I assure you that this administration is working round the clock to remove the hardships the country is going through. Rail and road constructions, projects in the housing sector, support for farmers and for small and medium scale industries, youth and women’s empowerment programmes, support for revival of industries are all designed to reinvigorate the economy and enhance living standards of ordinary people.

“We are getting security right. We are stopping corruption in its tracks and we will get the economy right by the Grace of God.

“I enjoin Muslims to live by the dictates of Islam, to keep good relationships with their Christian brothers and sisters and as patriots to maintain the spirit of the Nigerian nation,’’ Buhari’s Sallah message of hope read.

By Ebere Ndukwu …

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