President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday promised Nigerians more prosperity and greater security as his administration marks its third anniversary.
The president called on Nigerians to “remain steadfast and to keep faith with this Administration, as we remain committed to peace building and good governance, to deliver the best of dividends of democracy.”
Buhari said this in his remark during the Democracy Day lecture delivered by a former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega, with the theme: “Peace Building and Good Governance for Sustainable Development.”
Promising to work for the good of the people, Buhari said “although we have experienced rough times, but through good governance, we have not allowed ourselves to be overawed by the existence of challenges.”
Buhari reiterated his administration’s resolve to tackle corruption, saying that “the realisation that reducing corruption and ensuring the effective and just utilisation of public resources, are crucial for achieving sustainable growth and development in Nigeria. Corruption has been at the root of most of the development challenges of our country. There can be no progress in any facet of our national life unless we tackle and curb corruption.”
He said security had improved considerably as “the entire country has been freed from occupation of any of its parts by insurgents” adding that “our economy is on the bend”
In his lecture, Jega raised the alarm on the 2019 general elections, and urged the president to take his anti-corruption campaign to the civil service and the National Assembly, which, according to him was notorious for soliciting bribes.