My Fellow Countrymen and Girls.
A really comfortable and affluent New 12 months to you.
First, I wish to thank and honour the Almighty who noticed us by way of the yr 2022 and has given us the chance to see one other yr. Every New 12 months is a chance to replicate on the previous yr, reposition, and transfer ahead with the New.
As we rejoice the chance to be alive within the yr 2023, we should additionally acknowledge the passing away of our brothers and sisters who didn’t make it into this new yr. Might their souls relaxation in good peace.
This yr is especially essential to me as a result of this message is in essence valedictory. After having the honour of serving you, my compatriots, for the final seven plus years, my tenure as your President in probably the most revered custom of our ongoing and maturing democracy should essentially come to an finish. Within the subsequent 5 months we might have gone to the polls and elected a brand new president together with new governors and a plethora of different elected officers at each the nationwide and state ranges.
All these electoral and democratic rules are working in live performance due to the transcendent beliefs, past partisan politics, of you the nice citizen of Nigeria. As well as is my private dedication and government promise to see to the letter that the 2023 elections being diligently performed by INEC can be free and honest. The collective electoral will and votes of Nigerians can be fulfilled, even within the twilight moments of my watch.
Reflecting on yr 2022 permits us as a authorities to look at our legacies of successes and challenges. As we rejoice our wins and assessment obstacles, all of us should perceive that governance is a continuum, which nonetheless locations a transitional accountability on this administration to supply for the incoming authorities a non-partisan and goal roadmap for 2023. We as Nigeria; one nation united below the need of God and actively rising as an indivisible entity, have been enabled yr after yr, decade after decade, to climate all stormy waters and emerge stronger and higher the place others have fallen and disintegrated. This has made us a singular nation throughout the globe and our continent.
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In yr 2023, Nigerians go to the polls to train our proper to vote and elect a brand new Administration, it is a crucial yr for our nation to make sure that we’ve one other easy transition of presidency, to whoever the folks have determined upon. This administration’s landmark Amended Electoral Act will be certain that we’ve free and honest elections throughout the Nation. We as Nigerians should additionally take accountability to make sure we take part in making certain that the 2023 elections are free and honest by not partaking in anti-state actions and different nefarious acts that will have an effect on the run of the polls. We should additionally resist each try for use by politicians to create unrest in any type to disrupt the elections. We, as authorities will guarantee such actions are met with the total pressure of the legislation.
As our safety companies proceed to make the nation proud, we should proceed to help our patriotic forces by offering a lot wanted neighborhood intelligence. It’s our collective accountability to make sure that Nigeria stays secure and peaceable for us all. Subsequently, we’ve an obligation and obligation to assist our troops and intelligence companies by being alert and reporting something suspicious. The combat towards insurgency within the North East area has regularly recorded very clear wins previously yr. The Federal Authorities, and the Borno State authorities, have began the journey of returning internally displaced individuals to their ancestral properties earlier taken by the insurgents. Additionally, over 82,000 insurgents with their households have surrendered to the Nigerian navy. A lot of surrendered insurgents are at present being processed by the rehabilitation (Operation Protected Hall) program. The combat towards banditry, kidnapping and different crimes within the North West and different areas is gaining momentum and exhibiting very clear outcomes. One among which is the resumption of Practice Service alongside the Kaduna to Abuja hall.
Within the aftermath of the EndSars, our administration took heed and instituted the continuing Police Reform program primarily based on a brand new Presidential Imaginative and prescient for Policing in Nigeria. This new imaginative and prescient is framed in a transparent highway map that transcends the tenure of this administration and it’s predicated on six rules: a) Constructing Belief and Legitimacy b) Management, Accountability and Oversight c)Know-how and digital media d) Group Policing and Crime Discount e) Officers Coaching and Training f) Funding, Officers’ Welfare, Wellness and Security.
This reform program could be very a lot in its foundational section however has recorded noteworthy successes in enhancing police welfare and their emoluments. Different good points have been the continuing coaching of 500 police cadet trainers to allow a greater coaching routine for the 2022 first batch of the ten,000 new cadets with a further 10,000 set for 2023. In assist of those reforms has been the provisioning of latest materials for the Nigeria Police to steadily enhance on its constitutional accountability to implement legislation and order, shield lives and property in addition to avenue stage peace and safety.
Regardless of the continuing world financial disaster, we’ve been capable of climate the storms. Inflation throughout the globe is at its highest, the Federal Authorities has been resolute by way of its financial interventions to stay above water throughout this era. 2022 introduced a mixed impression from ongoing wars and aftereffects of COVID-19. Although creating its personal fiscal challenges, we’ve continued to subsidize our power prices to buffer households from inflationary strain of excessive power prices. In 2023, we’re centered on constructing on our GDP and maintain the massive surge within the non-oil GDP development.
The Nigerian Begin up Invoice has been handed as an Act. That is thought-about an enormous step in reducing our unemployment figures by boosting job creation and supporting the entrepreneurial drive of our youths. If you happen to recall in my 2021 New 12 months speech, I had talked about the necessity to safe the way forward for our youth recognizing that our younger individuals are our most precious pure useful resource, at dwelling and overseas. On this regard, we labored with the legislature to develop an enabling legislation to show their passions into concepts that may be supported, groomed and scaled throughout areas. 2023 will see the implementation of the Nigerian Begin Up Act nationwide.
The yr 2023 would, certainly, be a time after we would work to solidify on delivering key strategic priorities below our “SEA” – (Safety, Financial system and Anti-Corruption) Agenda. A few of the key precedence areas we might direct our consideration and strengths to incorporate:
a. Deal with SECURITY; we are going to proceed to have interaction, push again and dismantle the operations of each inside and exterior extremist and prison teams waging conflict towards our communities throughout the Nation. We may even give attention to making certain that free and honest elections could be held come February 2023. Our safety forces are working in partnership to make sure the wins we’ve obtained in conflict towards insurgency, banditry, secession and different crimes are sustained and extra wins acquired.
b. For the ECONOMY; our focus could be on sustaining and constructing financial development by way of the nationwide financial diversification agenda that helps the purpose of nationwide meals self-sufficiency and development in non-oil sources. The continuing infrastructure revolution by our administration will see us ship the important thing initiatives throughout the Nation in energy, rail, roads, ports and expertise.
c. ANTI-CORRUPTION: On the anti-corruption drive of our administration, we’ve created new data on this combat, rising from 117 convictions in 2017 to three,615 convictions as at December 2022. We as a authorities are dedicated to ridding our nation of all types of corruption, by way of the collaboration with all of the arms of Authorities to successfully prosecute this combat.
As we welcome the New 12 months, allow us to look with hope to 2023, a yr to maneuver ahead as a Nation in the direction of unity, progress and prosperity. I supply my very own private felicitations, aware of the varied opinions and interpretations of our government legacies. I welcome and settle for each the accolades and criticisms in equal measure safe within the conviction that I did my greatest to serve our pricey nation Nigeria and I pray that the following President may even decide up the baton and proceed the race to make Nigeria one of many main international locations of the world by the tip of this century.
Lengthy Dwell the Nigerian spirit of oneness, togetherness, and unity. Lengthy Dwell the Federal Republic of Nigeria. A Joyful and affluent New yr.
God bless you.