The Senate and its leader, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar has urged Nigerians to look forward with faith in themselves and the country in the new year, 2018.
According to Abubakar: “As we step into the new year, my hope for Nigeria is that all Nigerians will be united.
It is my hope that this year will bring out the empowerment of Nigerians and that through increased job opportunities Nigeria will be working again. It is my hope that all Nigerians will live in a safe and secure country.
It is my hope that all Nigerians will live in an economy that provides them the quality of life they deserve and our youth have the opportunity to receive an education that sets the standard for all of Africa and the world. My commitment in this new year is to help ensure that Nigeria will rise again and that the hopes of all Nigerians become a reality.
Tell your friends, tell your family and tell your neighbours that 2018 will be the beginning of the renaissance of Nigeria. I wish you all a very Happy New Year. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In the same vein, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has extended his heart felt good wishes to all Nigerians in the New Year, with a clarion call on them to pray for a full recovery of the economy in 2018.
Saraki in a New Year message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said a strong economy would enable government to achieve physical development and improved standard of living of the people.
He added that God has blessed Nigeria with all the potentials necessary for her to have a strong economy that would take care of its growing population but that it was unfortunate that there is still so much underdevelopment in the country.
He noted that most of the problems now threatening the unity, progress and peace of the country were rooted in the poor state of the economy and that there was need for the government and Nigerians to work together in Year 2018 to ensure the success of policies initiated to rebuild the economy, create employment, attract investment opportunities and make the nation self-sufficient.
He said that government alone cannot make the economy to work but that it requires the co-operation, prayers and change of attitude on the part of the people to develop the country and make 2018 a more fruitful and beneficial year for the citizenry.
“I wish all Nigerians overflowing happiness on this joyful occasion,” Saraki said. “The end of one year and the beginning of another is always a time that is full of hope. While 2017 was challenging for many Nigerians, we must look back on the year with the knowledge that better days are ahead.
“Although we still have so much to do to achieve our desired individual and national objectives, let us rise up with courage and determination to make the situation better”, he stated.
While lauding the resilience of Nigerians in the face of national challenges and their avowed love for the unity and greater progress for the country, he noted that every Nigerian deserve a better deal.
“All of us deserve a chance to live a better life. This is why the Senate and indeed the 8th National Assembly will continue to collaborate with the executive to ensure that all the policies and programmes of the present administration targeted at making life more meaningful for the people are realised.
“The National Assembly will not spare efforts in passing more laws that will serve as catalyst for our economic stability and growth. Laws that will help make our businesses thrive. Laws that will enhance the creation of jobs and put more money in the pockets of our people”, he stated.
For the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of Northern States and Abuja, Nigerians should to strive to make peace with each other in 2018. The CAN Public Relations Officer, Rev. Joseph Hayab, made the call in a statement in Kaduna on Sunday.
He said that as Christians celebrate the new year, there was a need for all citizens to contribute their quota to promote peace and unity in the country.
“We all need peace to grow, develop, be happy and prosperous. Our citizens are hospitable, gifted and wonderful in every area of t
their endeavours. If we have any resolution for the new year then let it be to love, forgive those who may have offended us,“he said.
He noted that our leaders needed our prayers and support to lead us on the right path. “Leaders need to love their subjects and come up with programmes and policies that will help citizens to be happy and patriotic.”he said.
Hayab urged Nigerians to put aside issues and things that can divide the country.
He also urged the youths who are the future leaders of the country to learn how to accept, appreciate and work with others in the new year without fear or prejudice.