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A New Year message to Nigeria’s youth from Muhammadu Buhari

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…and here’s Gen. Buhari’s New Year message to
Nigerian youths…
As we welcome the year 2015, I have shared a
message to Nigerians in general, but I find it crucial to
send another message directly to Nigeria’s youth,
who are the major stakeholders of this enterprise.The
year 2014 was a challenging one for most citizens of
our dear country.
We remember our compatriots who were brutishly
killed or maimed by evil terrorists in 2014. I remember
with a still broken heart that 219 of our children from
Chibok are yet missing, let down by a country that
should protect them. I remember that, even as I
speak, some of our towns and villages are yet under
the occupation of Boko Haram.
Yes, it is enough for you to despair. It is enough for
you to wonder if your country cares about you and
can protect you. But do not despair.
2015 has arrived at a time of great discomfort; but
the beauty of the New Year is that we can look
forward with renewed hope and the knowledge that
things can and will change.
In Nigeria’s case, we can truly look forward to the
change that the elections can, and will, bring. Our
country will be secure again. Our country will prosper
again.
I have faith that 2015 is the year we shall begin to
write a new story – a story of our youth creating jobs
and expanding the frontiers of innovation and
creativity everywhere from Mavin Records to the Co-
Creation Hub; a story of genuine investment in our
children and students be they in the University of
Nigeria, Nsukka or in the Delta State University,
Abraka; a country that finally makes a permanent
shift from our debilitating dependence on the free-
falling price of crude oil.
I have unshakeable faith that 2015 will be the year of
change.
Now some of you have asked me: what exactly does
‘change’ mean?
I have taken time to explain this at different
opportunities, but on this special day, let me remind
you in five short statements.
Change means:
1. A country that you can be proud of at anytime
and anywhere: where corruption is tackled,
where your leaders are disciplined and lead
with vision and clarity; where the stories that
emerge to the world from us are full of hope
and progress.
2. A Nigeria in which neither yourselves, nor your
parents, families or friends will have to fear
for your safety, or for theirs.
3. A Nigeria where citizens get the basics that
any country should provide: infrastructure that
works, healthcare that is affordable, even free;
respect for the environment and sustainable
development, education that is competitive
and outcome-oriented in a knowledge-
economy.
4. A country that provides jobs for its young
people, reducing unemployment to the lowest
of single digits and providing safety nets so
that no one is left behind.
5. A Nigeria where entrepreneurship thrives,
enterprise flourishes and the government gets
out of your way so that you can create value,
build the economy and aggressively expand
wealth.
Are these things truly possible? Of course. That is the
essence and outcome of leadership, and that is what
my party and I promise you as we get into 2015.
My dear friends, this New Year, more than ever
before, I am hopeful about Nigeria.
Yes, you are disappointed and you are angry, as you
are entitled to, but you must never give in to the
temptation to feel so weighed down by those who
have failed you that you lose your hope and your
energy and your passion to see change. You must
never give up on Nigeria.
Together, we can build a nation that is secure,
prosperous and gives everyone a fair chance.
This is the promise that 2015 holds. That is the
promise that change will bring. That is the promise
that I bring to you.
Once again, I wish everyone a happy and prosperous
New Year.
Thank you and God bless Nigeria.

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