Nigerians have joined the remainder of the world to usher within the new yr 2020.
In most elements of the nation, many Christians visited varied church buildings the place companies have been held since Tuesday night time to herald the New Year.
While the non secular residents have been engaged in prayers and thanksgiving companies, some Nigerians visited centres and parks the place official countdown live shows happened.
The yr 2020 first berthed in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and another nations earlier than Nigeria.
In Nigeria, simply because the clock struck 12 am on Wednesday, signaling the start of a brand new yr, residents took to the streets in jubilation throughout the nation.
At among the centres of attraction in Lagos, fireworks lit up the skies, displaying vibrant and vibrant sceneries.
Although President Muhammadu Buhari is anticipated to handle the nation at the moment, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and a few state governors amongst different leaders wished the individuals a Happy New Year.
In his message, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, stated the yr 2020 would usher in strong peace and financial progress for the advantage of all Nigerians.
Lawan congratulated Nigerians on witnessing the tip of 2019 and the start of the yr 2020 and hailed the resilience of the residents of their dedication to the unity and prosperity of the nation, in addition to for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
A file photograph of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. Photo: [email protected]
“I have no doubt in my mind that with the timely passage of the budget, restoration of the January to December financial year and other amendments recently made to our laws by the ninth National Assembly, the economy will enjoy significant growth in the new year,” Lawan stated.
Mr Gbajabiamila, on his half, felicitated with Nigerians for witnessing the tip of the yr 2019 and marking the start of the New Year, 2020.
The Speaker, who famous that 2019 was exceptional in Nigeria’s historical past, stated he believes 2020 could be higher for the residents.
He added that God has been trustworthy to Nigerians within the outgoing yr and referred to as for extra unity of objective among the many residents.
A file photograph of Mr Femi Gbajabiamila.
The lawmaker stated, “It’s just like yesterday that we ushered in the year 2019, and in a matter of hours, we will usher another year, 2020. In all, we should thank our Creator for seeing us through the outgoing year and allowing us to see the New Year.
“This New Year, let’s unite more against our challenges. Let’s be our brother’s keepers as always. Our resolve to remain together as a people should be unshakeable.
“We cannot relent in our prayers for continuous peaceful coexistence among us. Let this 2020 be a year of more prospects for the citizens.”
“As an optimist, I have a strong belief that the year 2020 will be better for the country in all ramifications. Let’s not despair. Let’s keep hope alive, and God Almighty will see us through.
“At this moment of celebrations, I join millions of Nigerians to wish my compatriots a prosperous New Year,” Gbajabiamila added.
Similarly, former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, stated the approaching of the New Year 2020 is symbolic in some ways.
He stated, “First, it heralds a brand new decade. Secondly, and probably more important, is that this New Year will require us all to stay together more than ever before to take on, head front, the common enemy of insecurity that challenge our everyday lives as Nigerians.
“I do not share the sentiment when some people claim that the outgone 2019 was a successful year for Nigerians. Such sentiments is reductionist and does the harm of making us have a false sense of victory.
“The bitter truth is that Nigeria is still in the throes of economic instability, with more people losing jobs and the attendant outcome of more children being out of school and more families having hard time in accessing basic needs of life.”
A file photograph of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.
“In this New Year, however, I will rather ask that Nigerians stand together with renewed vigour and determination to battle the hydra-headed demon of insecurity that has plagued us in the past decade.
“We must challenge the inadequacies that made us become the global headquarters of extreme poverty; much as we must work hard and fast enough to eliminate the scourge of out-of-school children in the country. These are the challenges that this new decade has thrown at us and we cannot afford to slumber and submit to defeat,” Atiku added.