I greet and felicitate with you all once again as we celebrate
the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
I join all of our Christian compatriots in giving thanks to God
Almighty for the divine gift of Jesus Christ the Messiah
whose earthly incarnation we commemorate today.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who the Prophet
Isaiah heralded as the Prince of Peace and Wonderful
Counselor, I believe it is very appropriate that we all,
Christians and non-Christians alike, reflect more deeply on
the virtues and ideals which the Messiah espoused during
his earthly mission.
To my mind, there can be no doubt that the greater
internalization of the virtues of love for our fellowmen,
tolerance, Godliness, honesty, fairness to others,
selflessness, and peaceful co-existence with others, by all
adult Nigerians, and the inculcation of the same in our youth,
will definitely help our dear nation to overcome most of its
Peace and love for others, especially, were a constant refrain
in the Messiah’s teachings and admonitions to mankind.
Therefore, as we celebrate his birth, I urge all Nigerians to
offer special prayers for a greater manifestation of divine
peace in our country and the vanquishing of all demons of
hatred, divisiveness and disunity in our midst.
As we celebrate Christmas, let us also remember and offer
special prayers for all of our countrymen, women and
children who have suffered and continue to suffer untold
hardship, deprivation and death at the hands of terrorists
Let us also continue to pray for our gallant soldiers and
security agents who remain at the forefront of the national
effort to overcome terrorism and violent extremism, even as
the rest of the nation celebrates Christmas and the coming
In this season of goodwill, I urge all patriotic Nigerians to
rededicate themselves to doing all within their powers to
support the brave men and women of our armed forces in
the ongoing war against terrorism, and also support the
Federal Government’s efforts to provide more succour to the
hapless victims of terrorist atrocities.
The Victims’ Support Fund which we have established to
raise additional funds to assist our compatriots who have
been adversely affected by continuing insecurity in parts of
our country remains active.
I call on all individuals and corporate organisations who
have not yet done so, to donate more generously to the Fund
which is being efficaciously deployed to ease the sufferings
of victims of terrorist violence in the country.
Dear Compatriots, we are also celebrating this Christmas
against the background of preparations for next year’s
I seize this opportunity to reassure the nation that my
administration will give the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) all necessary support to ensure that it
delivers very free, fair, credible and acceptable elections in
National security agencies will also be given all necessary
support to enhance their ability to ensure that the elections
which should strengthen democracy in our country are
peaceful and violence free.
I urge our political class to be law- abiding and place the
greater interests of our nation above all personal or
sectional interests in the countdown to the elections.
Let us all be more statesman-like, conduct issues-based
campaigns, and eschew the promotion of falsehood, division
and hatred of others as we seek the votes of our countrymen
in what should be a peaceful competition among contending
points of view for the progress and development of our dear
I remain convinced that God Almighty is still with us as a
nation even in the midst of our current challenges which we
shall surely overcome with greater unity of purpose,
dedication, commitment and perseverance.
Let this year’s celebration of the birth of Christ the Messiah
rekindle, strengthen and reaffirm our faith in our national
ability to overcome all challenges, with God on our side.
I wish you all very happy Christmas celebrations.