‘Nigerians, Return to our age-old ethical and high moral values’- Buhari
NEWSMAN, Abuja – 1st October annually is set aside to mark the independence of Africa’s Most populous nation, Nigeria. This year 2020, she celebrates her 60th Independence anniversary with the theme “Together”.
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari while delivering an Independence day speech on Thursday morning said the nation’s present economic crisis, in addition to the lingering security challenges rocking the nation would not deter the nation’s celebration.
“Today, I am aware that our economy along with every single economy in the world is in crisis. We still face security challenges in parts of the country, while our society suffers from a high loss of moral rectitude which is driven by unbridled craving for political control”, Buhari said.
He added that “we need to begin a sincere process of national healing and this anniversary presents a genuine opportunity to eliminate old and outworn perceptions that are always put to test in the lie they always are”.
Buhari further encouraged citizens to stop the stereotype of “thinking of ourselves as coming from one part of the country before seeing ourselves as Nigerians is a key starting point to project us on the road to our deserved nations evolution and integration”, adding that “Nigeria is not a country for Mr. President, any ruling or opposition party but a country for all of us and we must play our part, irrespective of challenges we face, to make this country what we desire”.
“I am convinced that if we pursue our aspirations TOGETHER we would be able to achieve whatever we desire. That informed our adopting the theme TOGETHER to mark this epochal event. Together we can change our condition for the better and more importantly together we can do much more for ourselves and for our country”, the President added.
On the Controversial N161 per litre oil price in the country, Buhari said “Chad which is an oil producing country charges N362 per litre, Niger, also an oil producing country sells 1 litre at N346, Ghana, another oil producing country, sells at is N326 per litre, Further afield, Egypt charges N211 per litre. Saudi Arabia charges N168 per litre. It makes no sense for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than in Saudi Arabia”.
He therefore called out past government saying “no government in the past did what we are doing with such scarce resources. We have managed to keep things going inspite of the disproportionate spending on security”.
Adding that “those in the previous Governments from 1999 to 2015 who presided over the near destruction of the country have now the impudence to attempt to criticise ze our efforts”.
Meanwhile, the President announced the launch of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy to hold on Monday 28th September, 2020 as a measure to “return to our age-old ethical and high moral values”, saying the first contact of the visibility of its implementation is the Public Service whose on-going reforms would be expected to be sustainable and give a radical re-direction in providing services to all Nigerians.