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My admin will address hardships–Tinubu

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By Abraham Adekunle

Commitment to growth, security, and welfare highlighted in official statement.

In a recent Christmas address published on December 24, 2023, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu outlined his commitment to addressing the current economic challenges in the country while reassuring citizens of his administration’s dedication to implementing policies that foster growth and prosperity. The President’s message also included a call for unity, kindness, and remembrance for the sacrifices made by the armed forces during the festive season. Tinubu acknowledged the transformative and challenging nature of the reforms being implemented, emphasizing the unique sacrifices required for the betterment of the nation. He pledged to continue implementing palliative measures to ease the burden on the most vulnerable and alleviate the suffering of the Nigerian people.

He urged citizens to remain confident in the collective efforts that will lead the country into a new era of prosperity, peace, and irreversible progress. “Be confident that by the strength of our joint endeavor, we will emerge into a new dawn of prosperity, peace, and irreversible progress,” the president declared in his address. Highlighting the significance of the Christmas season, the president called for a moment of remembrance and prayer for the members of the armed forces, expressing gratitude for their dedication to ensuring the safety of the nation. He also paid tribute to those who have paid the ultimate price in service to the country, asking for divine comfort for their families and loved ones.

Military must remain non-partisan, the president declares.

Tinubu urged Nigerians to embrace the spirit of Christmas by extending kindness to one another, especially to those who may be experiencing sadness or grief during the festive season. He emphasized the importance of multiple acts of kindness as a guiding light into the upcoming year. In a separate event a few weeks prior, President Tinubu reiterated his commitment to National Security during the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference 2023 in Maiduguri, Borno State. He declared his intention to provide unwavering support to the military in their efforts to safeguard the nation and commended their commitment to upholding democratic principles during elections.

Addressing the Nigerian Army, President Tinubu emphasized the need for the military to remain non-partisan while vigilantly supporting democratic ideals. He praised the armed forces for their professionalism during recent elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States, highlighting the importance of their role as guardians of constitutional order. The President also acknowledged the successful implementation of civilian-military projects across the country, fostering a closer relationship between the military and civilian population. He expressed satisfaction with the projects, which not only enhance mutual understanding but also improve living conditions for the people.

Recent advancements in Nigeria national defense.

Also, President Tinubu cited recent advancements in national defense capability, such as the procurement of new aircraft, as evidence of his administration’s commitment to modernizing the military. He outlined ongoing efforts to improve mobility, communications, and offensive striking capabilities within the armed forces. Recognizing the service and sacrifice of the armed forces, President Tinubu recalled his approval of ₦18 billion in Group Life Assurance benefits for the families of fallen heroes. He assured continuous government support for the Welfare of serving personnel and their families.

Minister of Defence, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, praised President Tinubu’s leadership, commending the increased morale within the armed forces due to the President’s commitment to the Renewed Hope agenda. The Minister pledged sustained support for the military in Infrastructure provision, highlighting the administration’s substantial investments to enhance operational capabilities. Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Taoreed Lagbaja, reported to the President that ongoing military operations have significantly weakened criminal elements and addressed farmer-herders crises in various parts of the country.

These remarks demonstrate his commitment to the nation.

As well, He emphasized the importance of continuous evaluation and outlined the role of the conference in formulating long-term strategies for fulfilling constitutional responsibilities in 2024. Over all, President Tinubu’s Christmas address and recent remarks show his administration’s commitment to economic growth, national security, and the welfare of the Nigerian people. His proactive approach and ongoing support for the armed forces reflect a comprehensive strategy aimed at fostering a prosperous and secure future for Nigeria. As the nation navigates through challenges, President Tinubu’s vision for a new dawn remains a beacon of hope for citizens.


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