Welcome to the beginning of a New Year of
the continuation of CHANGE in our beloved
I am aware that Nigerians have experienced a
number of significant hardships over the past
months. Living in the State House has not
alienated me from your daily sufferings. I am
aware of the lengthy queues at fuel stations
and of the difficulties businesses have faced in
acquiring foreign exchange. These challenges
are only temporary; we are working to make
When I presented myself to you as a
presidential candidate and asked you to vote
for me, I wanted to be a leader who keeps his
promises. I wanted to be a leader who restores
the people’s hope in those elected to serve
them. I wanted to be a leader who initiates
positive and enduring CHANGE.
I am still totally committed to being that kind
of leader. Unforeseen circumstances and other
distractions notwithstanding, I shall still do
my utmost best to keep every promise I made
to Nigerians during my election campaign.
In the past seven months since our
inauguration on May 29, 2015, my
administration has focused on laying the right
foundation for the CHANGE you voted for
during our historic presidential election.
Nigerians will in due course begin to enjoy the
fruits of all our ongoing work. The effective
and efficient implementation of our 2016
budget proposals will address many of the
socio-economic issues that are of current
concern to our people.
One area in which Nigerians, especially those
in the northeast, have already begun to
experience major CHANGE is in the war on
I commend our Armed Forces for significantly
curtailing the insurgency which has ravaged
the northeast of Nigeria over the past few
However, there is still a lot of work to be done
in the area of security. Our Armed Forces will
maintain, consolidate and build on their
successes in the war against Boko Haram and
This government will not consider the matter
concluded until the terrorists have been
completely routed and normalcy restored to all
parts of the country that have been adversely
affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Our crackdown on corruption will continue to
be vigorously undertaken. I urge the courts to
support our efforts and help in the recovery of
stolen funds by speedily concluding trials and
showing that impunity no longer has a place
in our country.
There is much work to do in other areas as
well and I have charged all my ministers and
other appointees to ensure that Nigerians
experience positive changes in their lives in
We must reduce our country’s reliance on oil.
We must diversify our economy. And we must
do all we can to promote job creation.
Our challenges are many
but our determination to succeed is strong
So too is our confidence in God.
I wish you all a very Happy New Year.