President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he’ll depart workplace in 2023.
The President mentioned he’s decided to assist strengthen the electoral course of each in Nigeria and throughout the area.
He acknowledged this in his New Yr letter to Nigerians, which was launched by the Presidency on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
“I will be standing down in 2023 and will not be available in any future elections. But I am determined to help strengthen the electoral process both in Nigeria and across the region, where several ECOWAS members go to the polls this year,” the President.
In his letter titled, ‘A Letter from the President at New Year’, President Buhari acknowledged his main concern is the safety of the nation and the protection of its residents.
Beneath is the complete assertion signed by President Buhari.
A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT AT NEW YEAR
My Pricey Compatriots,
In the present day marks a brand new decade. It’s a time of hope, optimism and contemporary potentialities. We glance ahead as a nation to the 2020s as the chance to construct on the foundations we have now laid collectively on safety, diversification of our financial system and taking over the curse of corruption. These are the pledges on which I’ve been twice elected President and stay the framework for a steady, sustainable and extra affluent future.
Elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. I salute the dedication of the tens of millions who voted in peace final February and of these leaders who contested for workplace vigorously however pretty, submitting to the authority of the citizens, the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee and judicial course of.
I perceive very effectively the frustrations our system has prior to now triggered. I might be standing down in 2023 and won’t be accessible in any future elections. However I’m decided to assist strengthen the electoral course of each in Nigeria and throughout the area, the place a number of ECOWAS members go to the polls this yr.
As Commander-in-Chief, my main concern is the safety of the nation and the protection of our residents. Once I assumed workplace in Might 2015 my first job was to rally our neighbours in order that we might confront Boko Haram on a coordinated regional foundation. Chaos just isn’t a neighbour any of us hope for.
Now we have been preventing on a number of fronts: violent extremists, cultists and organised prison networks. It has not been simple. However as we’re profitable the conflict, we additionally look to the problem of profitable the peace, the reconstruction of lives, communities and markets. The North East Growth Fee will work with native and worldwide stakeholders to assist create a brand new starting for the North East.
The Federal Authorities will proceed to work with State Governors, neighbouring states and our worldwide companions to sort out the foundation causes of violent extremism and the networks that assist finance and organise terror. Our safety forces will obtain the most effective coaching and trendy weaponry, and in flip might be held to the very best requirements of professionalism, and respect for human rights. We’ll use all of the human and rising technological sources accessible to sort out kidnapping, banditry and armed theft.
The brand new Ministry of Police Affairs elevated recruitment of officers and the safety reforms being launched will construct on what we’re already delivering. We’ll work tirelessly at residence and with our allies in assist of our insurance policies to guard the safety of life and property. Our actions always might be ruled by the rule of legislation. On the identical time, we will look at all times to interact with all well-meaning leaders and residents of goodwill to advertise dialogue, partnership and understanding.
We’d like a democratic authorities that may assure peace and safety to understand the complete potential of our ingenious, entrepreneurial and hard-working individuals. Our insurance policies are designed to advertise real, balanced development that delivers jobs and rewards trade.
Our new Financial Advisory Council brings collectively revered and impartial thinkers to advise me on a technique that champions inclusive and balanced development, and above all combat poverty and safeguard nationwide financial pursuits.
As we have now sat all the way down to have fun with family and friends over this vacation season, for the primary time in a era our meals plates haven’t all been full of imports of merchandise we all know can simply be produced right here at residence.
The revolution in agriculture is already a actuality in all corners of the nation. New agreements with Morocco, Russia and others will assist us entry on enticing phrases the inputs we have to speed up the transformation in farming that’s happening.
An excellent instance of dedication to this inclusive development is the signing of the African Continental Free Commerce Space and the creation of the Nationwide Motion Committee to supervise its implementation and make sure the needed safeguards are in place to permit us to totally capitalise on regional and continental markets.
The joint land border safety train at the moment happening is supposed to safeguard Nigeria’s financial system and safety. Nobody can doubt that we have now been good neighbours and good residents. Now we have been the helpers and shock-absorbers of the sub-region however we can not permit our well-planned financial regeneration plans to be sabotaged. As quickly as we’re glad that the safeguards are ample, regular cross-border actions might be resumed.
Already, we’re making key infrastructure investments to boost our ease of doing enterprise. On transportation, we’re making important progress on key roads such because the Second Niger Bridge, Lagos – Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja – Kano freeway. 2020 may also see tangible progress on the Lagos to Kano Rail line. By means of Government Order 007, we’re additionally utilizing different funding programmes in collaboration with non-public sector companions to repair strategic roads such because the Apapa-Oworonshoki Categorical approach. Abuja and Port Harcourt have new worldwide airport terminals, as will Kano and Lagos in 2020. When accomplished, all these initiatives will positively influence enterprise operations within the nation. These initiatives will not be small and don’t come with out some short-term disruption; we’re doing now what ought to have been performed a very long time in the past. I thanks on your endurance and sit up for the dividends that we and future generations will lengthy get pleasure from.
Energy has been an issue for a era. We all know we have to choose up the tempo of progress. Now we have options to assist separate elements of the worth chain to work higher collectively. Up to now few months, we have now engaged extensively with stakeholders to develop a collection of complete options to enhance the reliability and availability of electrical energy throughout the nation. These options embrace making certain fiscal sustainability for the sector, rising each authorities and personal sector investments within the energy transmission and distribution segments, bettering cost transparency by the deployment of good meters and making certain regulatory actions maximise service supply.
Now we have in place a brand new cope with Siemens, supported by the German authorities after German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited us in Abuja, to spend money on new capability for era, transmission and distribution. These initiatives might be below shut scrutiny and transparency – there might be no extra extravagant claims that finish solely in waste, theft and mismanagement.
The subsequent 12 months will witness the gradual implementation of those actions, after which Nigerians can count on to see important enchancment in electrical energy service provide reliability and supply. Individually, we have now plans to extend home gasoline consumption. Within the first quarter of 2020, we are going to begin work on the AKK gasoline pipeline, OB3 Gasoline pipeline and the enlargement of the Escravos – Lagos Pipeline.
Whereas we glance to create new alternatives in agriculture, manufacturing and different lengthy uncared for sectors, in 2020 we may also realise elevated worth from oil and gasoline, delivering a extra aggressive, enticing and worthwhile trade, working on business ideas and free from political interference. Simply final week, we had been in a position to approve a good framework for the USD10 billion enlargement of Nigeria Liquefied Pure Gasoline, which can enhance exports by 35 p.c, restore our place as a world chief within the sector and create 1000’s of jobs. The Modification of the Deep Offshore Act in October signalled our intention to create a contemporary, forward-looking trade in Nigeria. I’m assured that in 2020 we can current a radical programme of reform for oil and gasoline that can excite buyers, enhance governance and strengthen protections for host communities and the atmosphere.
We will count on the tempo of change in know-how solely to speed up within the decade forward. Coupled with our younger and vibrant inhabitants, this gives large alternatives if we’re in a position to harness the most efficient developments and tame among the wilder parts. This can be a delicate stability with which many international locations are struggling. We’re in search of an knowledgeable and mature debate that displays our rights and duties as residents in shaping the boundaries of how greatest to permit know-how to profit Nigeria.
Throughout my Democracy Day speech on June 12, 2019, I promised to put the enduring foundations for taking 100 million Nigerians out of mass poverty over the following 10 years. In the present day I restate that dedication. We will proceed reforms in schooling, well being care and water sanitation. I’ve met worldwide companions equivalent to GAVI, the vaccine alliance, and the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis who assist our social welfare programmes. I’ll proceed to work with State and Native Governments to be sure that these partnerships ship as they need to. Employees may have a dwelling wage and pensioners might be taken care of. We’re steadily clearing pensions and advantages arrears uncared for for thus lengthy.
The brand new Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Catastrophe Administration and Social Growth will consolidate and construct on the social intervention schemes and can improve the checks and balances needed for this set of programmes to succeed for the long run.
I’m able to report that the journey has already begun with the passage and signing into legislation of the 2020 Appropriation Act. As the brand new decade dawns, we’re able to hit the bottom operating. Let me pay tribute to the Ninth Nationwide Meeting who labored uncommonly lengthy hours to be sure that the 2020 price range scrutiny is each thorough and well timed. The shut concord between the Government and Legislature is a pointy distinction to what we have now skilled within the current previous, when the Senate stored the earlier price range for 7 months with out good cause simply to attain low cost political factors thereby disrupting the budgetary processes and general financial improvement plans.
Our insurance policies are working and the outcomes will proceed to indicate themselves extra clearly by the day. Nigeria is essentially the most great, can-do market, providing extraordinary alternatives and returns. Traders can look ahead with confidence not solely to an rising momentum of change but in addition to particular incentives, together with our new visa-on-arrival coverage.
They may also be sure of our unshakeable dedication to sort out corruption. As we create an atmosphere that enables initiative, enterprise and arduous work to thrive, it’s extra essential than ever to name out those that discover the rule of legislation an inconvenience, or impartial regulation an irritation. We’re doing our half right here in Nigeria. We’ll proceed to press our companions overseas to assist with the availability aspect of corruption and have obtained some encouragement. We count on extra funds stolen prior to now to be returned to us and they are going to be ploughed again into improvement with all due transparency.
This can be a joint initiative. The place our insurance policies have labored greatest, it has been due to the assist of odd Nigerians of their tens of millions, numbers that even essentially the most highly effective of particular pursuits can not defy. I thanks on your assist. Transition by its very nature carries with it change and a few uncertainty alongside the way in which. I encourage you to be tolerant, legislation abiding and peace loving. This can be a new yr and the start of a brand new decade – the Nigerian Decade of prosperity and promise for Nigeria and for Africa.
To recapitulate, among the initiatives Nigerians ought to count on to come back upstream from 2020 embrace:
47 highway initiatives scheduled for completion in 2020/21, together with roads resulting in ports;
Main bridges together with substantial work on the Second Niger Bridge;
Completion of 13 housing estates below the Nationwide Housing Venture Plan;
Lagos, Kano, Maiduguri and Enugu worldwide airports to be commissioned in 2020;
Launching of an agricultural rural mechanisation scheme that can cowl 700 native governments over a interval of three years;
Launching of the Livestock Growth Venture Grazing Mannequin in Gombe State the place 200,000 hectares of land has been recognized;
Coaching of 50,000 employees to enhance the nation’s 7,000 extension employees;
Commissioning of the Lagos – Ibadan and Itakpe – Warri rail strains within the first quarter;
Graduation of the Ibadan – Abuja and Kano – Kaduna rail strains additionally within the first quarter;
Additional liberalisation of the facility sector to permit companies to generate and promote energy;
Graduation of the development of the Mambilla Energy venture by the primary half of 2020; and
Graduation of the development of the AKK gasoline pipeline, OB3 gasoline pipeline and the enlargement of the Escravos – Lagos pipeline within the first quarter of 2020.
Thanks very a lot!