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7 Things You Missed in Buhari’s Independence Day Address

 

 

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To commemorate Nigeria’s 59th Independence anniversary, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation this morning.

In his speech, he asked Nigerians to accept patience as a virtue.  Here are seven significant things President Buhari said in his speech.

  1. Social Media 

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will take firm action against hate speech on social media.

Acknowledging the rights of the people to freedom of expression, the president said the right if individuals must not be allowed on the rights of others.

“Our attention is increasingly being focused on cyber-crimes and the abuse of technology through hate speech and other divisive material being propagated on social media,” he said.

“Whilst we uphold the Constitutional rights of our people to freedom of expression and association, where the purported exercise of these rights infringes on the rights of other citizens or threatens to undermine our National Security, we will take firm and decisive action.

  1. Killings and Kidnappings

The President noted that insecurity is a big issue and thus, the Ministry of Police Affairs has been resuscitated to oversee the development and implementation of strategies to enhance internal security.

He said the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 constables into the Nigeria Police Force is clearly a move to arrest the incidence of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes across the nation.

  1. Trader moni, N-Power, School Feeding programme, Conditional cash transfer

Mr Buhari has moved the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) from the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Buhari said the newly created ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development will consolidate on the achievement of the scheme.

“Our ongoing N500 billion Special Intervention Programme continues to target these vulnerable groups, through the Home-grown School Feeding Programme, Government Economic Empowerment Programme, N-Power Job Creation Programme, loans for traders and artisans, Conditional Cash Transfers to the poorest families and social housing scheme,” he said.

“To institutionalize these impactful programmes, we created the Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development which shall consolidate and build on our achievements to date. To the beneficiaries of these programmes, I want to reassure you that our commitment to social inclusion will only increase.”

  1. Osinbajo’s Economic Team

Buhari has explained the reason he has constituted an Economic Advisory Council which replaces the Economic Management Team headed by the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo.

The development had generated heated debate and fuelled speculations that it was part of the calculated moves by some people in the presidency to weaken the influence of Osinbajo and limit his relevance.

“  I recently constituted an Economic Advisory Council to advise me on inclusive and sustainable macroeconomic, fiscal and monetary policies. This independent body will work with relevant Cabinet members and the heads of key monetary, fiscal and trade agencies to ensure we remain on track as we strive for collective prosperity. However, we are also committed to ensure that the inconvenience associated with any painful policy adjustments, is moderated, such that the poor and the vulnerable, who are most at risk, do not bear the brunt.”

  1. Epileptic Electricity Supply

The president promised Nigerians that the problem of epileptic electricity supply would soon be over, highlighting the steps that his administration is taking to address the challenge.

“I remain confident that Nigerians will have affordable and uninterrupted electricity supply in the not too distant future,” he said.

“Our efforts to improve the power sector will complement other infrastructure investments projects under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund, which is investing in the Mambilla Power Plant project”.

  1. Corruption

Mr Buhari said corruption is fighting back.

He however said corruption is a battle that “we shall see through and this is a war, which we shall win by the Grace of God.

“I will also call upon all Nigerians, from every walk of life, to combat Corruption at every turn. By choosing to question and confront corrupt practices, by reporting unethical practices or through whistleblowing. Together, we can overcome corruption and will no longer be a country defined by corruption” he said.

  1. Projects That Will Be Ready By 2022

The president noted that 3 key projects will be ready by 2022.

In his words “Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Second Niger Bridge and Abuja-Kano Expressway. The first set of these projects remain on track to be completed by 2022.”


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