President Muhammadu has assured Nigerians that 2017 will be better as his N7.28trillion budget proposal will get the country out of its
current economic situation.
The President gave the assurance in his 2016 Eid-el-Maulud message to Nigerians on Sunday.
Buhari is set to present the 2017 budget to the National Assembly on Wednesday this week, a budget he says will get the country out of
“As we look forward to 2017 with hope and huge expectations, let me assure you that with collective dedication and hard work, we will
overcome the mountain of economic difficulties, and return our country to the path of prosperity.
“The 2017 Budget proposals which I will lay before the National Assembly on Wednesday, will contain measures that we are confident
will get the nation out of its economic woods” he said.
Buhari’s record N6.06trillion 2016 budget tagged ‘budget of change’ had been promulgated by the President to be the needed tool to reflate the nation’s slowing economy. Industry watchers say the effect is yet to be felt.
Speaking further in his speech the President urged Nigerians not to allow the current challenges undermine their hope of a better Nigeria
adding that the situation should rather create a resolve to remain together.
“The reality of the temporary challenges should not undermine our hope, reverse our collective will to succeed, or divide us; rather it
should remind us of why we need to stay together, fight together and succeed together. We all share a vision of a better Nigeria, and we
will all share in the responsibility of building the country of our dreams.
“As we use the memorable occasion of this celebration to reflect on our current challenges, I urge you not to lose faith in the ability of
this administration to make a difference in the lives of our people” he said.
He wished all Muslims a happy and memorable celebration of the birth of the Prophet Mohammed, through whose teachings, particularly on
peaceful living, tolerance, sobriety, generosity, sacrifice and honesty, and wisdom, the nation has gained immensely in building a
harmonious and prosperous society. “Against all odds, we have used these pillars of strength in securing a just and fair society, and our
efforts are beginning to yield dividends in curbing terrorism, militancy, corruption and other crimes that devalue our humanity”.