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Nigerians will experience real change in 2017, says Buhari

By The Citizen

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday urged Nigerians to keep faith with him, promising that their current pains are temporary.

He also expressed optimism that the change Nigerians yearn for would manifest more and would be sustained in different sectors this year.

Buhari stated this in his New Year message to Nigerians.

He said, 'Our determination to wrestle corruption to the ground remains unshaken. This fight, which will be guided by respect for the rule of law and due process, will not spare anybody or organ of government. It is a collective undertaking and resolve that must be seen to its logical conclusion in spite of certain distractions. The fate of our country lies partly in the success of this campaign. It will be unthinkable on my part to allow the boat of this crucial campaign promise to capsize in midstream.'

While expressing satisfaction that the government is getting things right, the President observed that agricultural revolution had begun with the active involvement of farmers in different parts of the country which would yield bumper harvests.

Buhari said, 'I assure you again that the current pains are temporary and will ease when the economic seeds in gestation begin to bloom to fruition. I am optimistic that the change we all yearned for in voting this administration to power in 2015 will manifest more and be sustained in different sectors, particularly agriculture, in 2017.'

He added, 'As you may be aware, our economic recovery and growth plan in 2017 is anchored on optimising the use of local content and empowering local businesses. In pursuit of this administration's philosophy, we will continue to appeal that we buy made-in-Nigeria goods.

'Like I said during the 2017 Budget presentation to the National Assembly, farmers, small and medium-sized manufacturers, agro-allied businesses, dressmakers, entertainers and technology start-ups, will remain the true drivers of our economic future. They are the engine of our economic recovery.'

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