As part of Nigeria's 55th Independence Day celebration today, October 1st, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari has a nationwide broadcast this morning where he spoke on a number of national issues. (Read full text HERE)
Listening to him earlier today, I think Mr President made some valid points we should all take home, ponder and act on. He addressed the reason for the late delivery of the ministerial list well as how you and I can be change Agents. Please read:
- We have all the attributes of a great nation. We are not there yet because the one commodity we have been unable to exploit to the fullest is unity of purpose.
- The fact that an opposition party replaced an entrenched government in a free and fair election is indicative of the deeper roots of our democratic system.
- I bear no ill will against anyone on past events. Nobody should fear anything from me. We are not after anyone
- On power...All the early signs are that within months the whole country would begin to feel a change for the better.
- Boko Haram are being scattered and are on the run. That they are resorting to shameless attacks on soft targets such as IDP camps is indicative of their cowardice and desperation
- We have seen in the last few years how huge resources were mismanaged, squandered and wasted. The new APC government is embarking on a clean up, introducing prudence and probity in public financing.
- On lateness of ministerial list...It would have been haphazard to announce ministers when the government had not finalised the number of ministries to optimally carry the burden of governance.
- Careful and deliberate decisions after consultations get far better results.
- Change does not just happen. You and I and all of us must appreciate that we all have our part to play if we want to bring change about.
- We must change our lawless habits, our attitude to public office and public trust. We must change our unruly behavior in schools, hospitals, market places, motor parks, on the roads, in homes and offices. To bring about change, we must change ourselves by being law-abiding citizens.
What do you think?