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I Will Be Standing Down In 2023, Buhari Tells Nigerians In New Year Message

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he’ll go away workplace in 2023.

The President mentioned he’s decided to assist strengthen the electoral course of each in Nigeria and throughout the area.

He acknowledged this in his New Year letter to Nigerians, which was launched by the Presidency on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

“I will be standing down in 2023 and will not be available in any future elections. But I am determined to help strengthen the electoral process both in Nigeria and across the region, where several ECOWAS members go to the polls this year,” the President.

In his letter titled, ‘A Letter from the President at New Year’, President Buhari acknowledged his main concern is the safety of the nation and the protection of its residents.

Below is the complete assertion signed by President Buhari.

A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT AT NEW YEAR

My Dear Compatriots,

NIGERIA’S DECADE

Today marks a brand new decade. It is a time of hope, optimism and recent prospects. We look ahead as a nation to the 2020s as the chance to construct on the foundations we have now laid collectively on safety, diversification of our financial system and taking over the curse of corruption. These are the pledges on which I have been twice elected President and stay the framework for a steady, sustainable and extra affluent future.

Elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. I salute the dedication of the hundreds of thousands who voted in peace final February and of these leaders who contested for workplace vigorously however pretty, submitting to the authority of the voters, the Independent National Electoral Commission and judicial course of.

I perceive very effectively the frustrations our system has up to now triggered. I shall be standing down in 2023 and won’t be out there in any future elections. But I am decided to assist strengthen the electoral course of each in Nigeria and throughout the area, the place a number of ECOWAS members go to the polls this yr.

As Commander-in-Chief, my main concern is the safety of the nation and the protection of our residents. When I assumed workplace in May 2015 my first process was to rally our neighbours in order that we might confront Boko Haram on a coordinated regional foundation. Chaos just isn’t a neighbour any of us hope for.

We have been preventing on a number of fronts: violent extremists, cultists and organised felony networks. It has not been simple. But as we’re successful the conflict, we additionally look to the problem of successful the peace, the reconstruction of lives, communities and markets. The North East Development Commission will work with native and worldwide stakeholders to assist create a brand new starting for the North East.

The Federal Government will proceed to work with State Governors, neighbouring states and our worldwide companions to sort out the foundation causes of violent extremism and the networks that assist finance and organise terror. Our safety forces will obtain one of the best coaching and trendy weaponry, and in flip shall be held to the very best requirements of professionalism, and respect for human rights. We will use all of the human and rising technological assets out there to sort out kidnapping, banditry and armed theft.

The new Ministry of Police Affairs elevated recruitment of officers and the safety reforms being launched will construct on what we’re already delivering. We will work tirelessly at house and with our allies in assist of our insurance policies to guard the safety of life and property. Our actions always shall be ruled by the rule of legislation. At the identical time, we will look at all times to have interaction with all well-meaning leaders and residents of goodwill to advertise dialogue, partnership and understanding.

We want a democratic authorities that may assure peace and safety to understand the complete potential of our ingenious, entrepreneurial and hard-working folks. Our insurance policies are designed to advertise real, balanced progress that delivers jobs and rewards trade.

Our new Economic Advisory Council brings collectively revered and impartial thinkers to advise me on a method that champions inclusive and balanced progress, and above all battle poverty and safeguard nationwide financial pursuits.

As we have now sat all the way down to rejoice with family and friends over this vacation season, for the primary time in a technology our meals plates haven’t all been crammed with imports of merchandise we all know can simply be produced right here at house.

The revolution in agriculture is already a actuality in all corners of the nation. New agreements with Morocco, Russia and others will assist us entry on enticing phrases the inputs we have to speed up the transformation in farming that’s happening.

A superb instance of dedication to this inclusive progress is the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the creation of the National Action Committee to supervise its implementation and make sure the mandatory safeguards are in place to permit us to completely capitalise on regional and continental markets.

The joint land border safety train at the moment happening is supposed to safeguard Nigeria’s financial system and safety. No one can doubt that we have now been good neighbours and good residents. We have been the helpers and shock-absorbers of the sub-region however we can not permit our well-planned financial regeneration plans to be sabotaged. As quickly as we’re happy that the safeguards are sufficient, regular cross-border actions shall be resumed.

Already, we’re making key infrastructure investments to reinforce our ease of doing enterprise. On transportation, we’re making vital progress on key roads such because the Second Niger Bridge, Lagos – Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja – Kano freeway. 2020 may even see tangible progress on the Lagos to Kano Rail line. Through Executive Order 007, we’re additionally utilizing various funding programmes in collaboration with non-public sector companions to repair strategic roads such because the Apapa-Oworonshoki Express approach. Abuja and Port Harcourt have new worldwide airport terminals, as will Kano and Lagos in 2020. When accomplished, all these initiatives will positively affect enterprise operations within the nation. These initiatives are usually not small and don’t come with out some non permanent disruption; we’re doing now what ought to have been finished a very long time in the past. I thanks on your endurance and sit up for the dividends that we and future generations will lengthy get pleasure from.

Power has been an issue for a technology. We know we have to choose up the tempo of progress. We have options to assist separate elements of the worth chain to work higher collectively. In the previous few months, we have now engaged extensively with stakeholders to develop a sequence of complete options to enhance the reliability and availability of electrical energy throughout the nation. These options embrace making certain fiscal sustainability for the sector, rising each authorities and personal sector investments within the energy transmission and distribution segments, bettering fee transparency via the deployment of sensible meters and making certain regulatory actions maximise service supply.

We have in place a brand new take care of Siemens, supported by the German authorities after German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited us in Abuja, to put money into new capability for technology, transmission and distribution. These initiatives shall be below shut scrutiny and transparency – there shall be no extra extravagant claims that finish solely in waste, theft and mismanagement.

The subsequent 12 months will witness the gradual implementation of those actions, after which Nigerians can count on to see vital enchancment in electrical energy service provide reliability and supply. Separately, we have now plans to extend home fuel consumption. In the primary quarter of 2020, we are going to start work on the AKK fuel pipeline, OB3 Gas pipeline and the enlargement of the Escravos – Lagos Pipeline.

While we glance to create new alternatives in agriculture, manufacturing and different lengthy uncared for sectors, in 2020 we may even realise elevated worth from oil and fuel, delivering a extra aggressive, enticing and worthwhile trade, working on business ideas and free from political interference. Just final week, we had been capable of approve a good framework for the USD10 billion enlargement of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, which is able to improve exports by 35 %, restore our place as a world chief within the sector and create hundreds of jobs. The Amendment of the Deep Offshore Act in October signalled our intention to create a contemporary, forward-looking trade in Nigeria. I am assured that in 2020 we will current a radical programme of reform for oil and fuel that may excite traders, enhance governance and strengthen protections for host communities and the surroundings.

We can count on the tempo of change in know-how solely to speed up within the decade forward. Coupled with our younger and vibrant inhabitants, this provides enormous alternatives if we’re capable of harness the best tendencies and tame a number of the wilder components. This is a fragile steadiness with which many international locations are struggling. We are in search of an knowledgeable and mature debate that displays our rights and duties as residents in shaping the boundaries of how finest to permit know-how to profit Nigeria.

During my Democracy Day speech on June 12, 2019, I promised to put the enduring foundations for taking 100 million Nigerians out of mass poverty over the subsequent 10 years. Today I restate that dedication. We shall proceed reforms in training, well being care and water sanitation. I have met worldwide companions comparable to GAVI, the vaccine alliance, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who assist our social welfare programmes. I will proceed to work with State and Local Governments to make it possible for these partnerships ship as they need to. Workers can have a dwelling wage and pensioners shall be taken care of. We are steadily clearing pensions and advantages arrears uncared for for thus lengthy.
The new Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development will consolidate and construct on the social intervention schemes and can improve the checks and balances mandatory for this set of programmes to succeed for the long run.

I am capable of report that the journey has already begun with the passage and signing into legislation of the 2020 Appropriation Act. As the brand new decade dawns, we’re able to hit the bottom operating. Let me pay tribute to the Ninth National Assembly who labored uncommonly lengthy hours to make it possible for the 2020 price range scrutiny is each thorough and well timed. The shut concord between the Executive and Legislature is a pointy distinction to what we have now skilled within the current previous, when the Senate stored the earlier price range for 7 months with out good motive simply to attain low cost political factors thereby disrupting the budgetary processes and general financial improvement plans.

Our insurance policies are working and the outcomes will proceed to point out themselves extra clearly by the day. Nigeria is essentially the most large, can-do market, providing extraordinary alternatives and returns. Investors can look ahead with confidence not solely to an rising momentum of change but additionally to particular incentives, together with our new visa-on-arrival coverage.

They will also be sure of our unshakeable dedication to sort out corruption. As we create an surroundings that enables initiative, enterprise and arduous work to thrive, it’s extra vital than ever to name out those that discover the rule of legislation an inconvenience, or impartial regulation an irritation. We are doing our half right here in Nigeria. We will proceed to press our companions overseas to assist with the provision facet of corruption and have acquired some encouragement. We count on extra funds stolen up to now to be returned to us and they are going to be ploughed again into improvement with all due transparency.

This is a joint initiative. Where our insurance policies have labored finest, it has been due to the assist of bizarre Nigerians of their hundreds of thousands, numbers that even essentially the most highly effective of particular pursuits can not defy. I thanks on your assist. Transition by its very nature carries with it change and a few uncertainty alongside the best way. I encourage you to be tolerant, legislation abiding and peace loving. This is a brand new yr and the start of a brand new decade – the Nigerian Decade of prosperity and promise for Nigeria and for Africa.

To recapitulate, a number of the initiatives Nigerians ought to count on to return upstream from 2020 embrace:

47 highway initiatives scheduled for completion in 2020/21, together with roads resulting in ports;
Major bridges together with substantial work on the Second Niger Bridge;
Completion of 13 housing estates below the National Housing Project Plan;
Lagos, Kano, Maiduguri and Enugu worldwide airports to be commissioned in 2020;
Launching of an agricultural rural mechanisation scheme that may cowl 700 native governments over a interval of three years;
Launching of the Livestock Development Project Grazing Model in Gombe State the place 200,000 hectares of land has been recognized;
Training of fifty,000 employees to enrich the nation’s 7,000 extension employees;
Commissioning of the Lagos – Ibadan and Itakpe – Warri rail strains within the first quarter;
Commencement of the Ibadan – Abuja and Kano – Kaduna rail strains additionally within the first quarter;
Further liberalisation of the facility sector to permit companies to generate and promote energy;
Commencement of the development of the Mambilla Power venture by the primary half of 2020; and
Commencement of the development of the AKK fuel pipeline, OB3 fuel pipeline and the enlargement of the Escravos – Lagos pipeline within the first quarter of 2020.

Thank you very a lot!

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