Nigeria turned 60 today. Most citizens are however, unbothered or indifferent about this years celebration for obvious reasons. It is the duty of the President to give his independence speech on the morning of independence day. Therefore, President Buhari came took his seat at the Presidential Villa in his freshly starched baban riga to deliver his diamond jubilee speech. Below are the major takeaways from Buhari’s independence day speech to Nigerians.
This Independence should be a time of healing.
President Buhari emphasized the importance for us to begin the process of healing as a Nation. He said we have been through a lot and it is time to move on. He also added that in order to make this happen, we shouldn’t marginalize ourselves into regions. We should rather embrace a spirit of nationalism and carry ourselves as Nigerians first. It seems the 95%/2% of 2015 speech is far behind us.
We The Nigerian People are vital to the healing process.
The healing process can’t be carried out by only those in politics so Mr. President is calling on all citizens to join him. He is aware of the giant strides being made by Nigerians in the diaspora, in the area of science and technology. In addition, he is also aware of the struggles and resilience the Nigerian citizen goes through to make a living. He is however, calling on the nations most important asset, the people to lead the healing process. We hope the necessary amenities are provided here so we won’t to escape to a country with greener pastures.
Free and Fair Elections Must Prevail
Buhari’s party (APC) handed over Edo state to the opposition party (PDP) in the just concluded elections. The election was said to be free and fair and the APC swiftly accepted the results with no challenge. President Buhari therefore used this opportunity to echo his support for free and fair elections. Meanwhile, those who lost were warned not to compromise the judiciary to upturn the desire of the people. We are still waiting for the full implementation of electronic voting into our electoral system.
Secure Lives and Properties of Citizens.
Another major takeaway from President Buhari’s independence day speech was his commitment to secure the lives and properties of all Nigerian citizens. He called on citizens to provide intelligence to the security agencies at the community level. Unfortunately, security is still a major challenge within the country. The North East is not still not safe and this has stretched to other regions of the country. Also, kidnapping rate is high and police brutality has increased.
Rebuilding the Economy with sustainable programmes
The Buhari administration is on a rebuilding mission for Nigeria. However, in trying to rebuild, they have been faced with different challenges. This hasn’t hindered their efforts but spurred them on to keep pushing. To support the citizens and the economy, they introduced, tradermoni, farmermoni, school feeding programme, and much more. No government in the past did what they are doing. They are therefore, pleading for patience from citizens in order for them to build the Nigeria we dream about. Stay woke.
Saudi Arabia’s Fuel Price is High Who Are We?
Among the major takeaways from President Buhari’s independence speech, this part hit a nerve among Nigerian citizens. Coronavirus has led to a drop in our foreign exchange earnings, so the Buhari government made us understand that we are broke. Therefore, PMS can no longer be subsidized. He additionally went ahead to compare the prices of Petrol with some nations that are doing better than Nigeria economically and with a better standard of living. This was the Presidents way of justifying the increase in Petrol and his warning shot to organized labour to avoid another strike.
Those in government from 1999 – 2015 should stop criticizing Buhari
The logic that brought Buhari to power was, the previous administration was bad and he was the one to fix it. With no real track record and the word “integrity” placed in front of us, Buhari was ushered into power. Therefore, among Buhari and his supporters, the nation’s problems started in 1999. Those people ran the country to the ground and have no right whatsoever, to criticize their efforts because they mean well for we citizens. I guess this part was for Obasanjo, Atiku and the rest to be quiet because they “emptied” the treasury. Buhari is here to set the path straight.
Nigeria is sixty and it is unfortunate that we are still dealing with the problems we have been battling since we gained independence. In as much as Buhari’s speech may contain some positive messages, what Nigerians really want to see is action.