President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday assured Nigerians that his administration would take decisive steps to cushion the suffering of Nigerians in the days ahead.
Speaking in Abuja at the 8th Annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium: “Agriculture: Action, Work, Revolution”, Mr. Buhari, who has faced growing criticisms lately, said in the coming months Nigerians would see actions taken by the 10-month old administration to address the multifarious challenges facing the nation.
The event, which Mr. Buhari chaired, was organized to mark the 64 birthday of a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.
“In the coming months, Nigerians will see much more actions,” the president said. “Government will continue to invest substantially in human capital development and this is just the beginning.
“We are going to hold ourselves accountable. We will measure results. There will always be some skepticism, some have even become disorientated and impatient enough to think that barriers are insurmountable. Anyone who claims great change is impossible can only look as an ordinary success.”
Mr. Buhari demanded the cooperation of Nigerians in the task of governance, saying “We can achieve more with partnership that link up and scale up our respective efforts”.
“I am declaring that we need a new approach that challenges more states and local governments, more organisation, companies and non-governmental organisations and individuals, some of the younger people who are here to step up and play a role because government cannot and should not do it alone. All hands should be on deck,”Mr. Buhari said.
The president praised Mr. Tinubu for his commitment and zealousness to the development of the country.
According to him, there are very few patriots alive today that could “match the commitment, zealous, creativity that Bola Tinubu has demonstrated in his contribution to national growth”.
Mr. Buhari also praised the organizers of the colloquium, especially on the choice of agriculture as its theme. He said it was the intention of the federal government to create enabling environment that would bring viability on the economic potentials of the private sector.
He said, “We intend to organize an efficient market infrastructure that will make agriculture viable for investors. We are providing an enabling environment so as to ensure certainty and predictability for the private sector”.
“We intend to also ensure that the market is fair and worth to transform small holder farmers from beggars to businessmen,” the president said.
“Furthermore, we are going to keep focusing on improved nutrition for children. We know the effects of hunger and poor nutrition can last a life time. Children are thrown out of school to earn a living”.