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President Muhammadu Buhari has
appealed to Nigerians to bear with
his administration as he and Vice-
President Yemi Osinbajo begin the
work of reconstructing the country.
He said the appeal was necessary
because of the collateral damage
that had been done to the system
before they came on board.
Buhari made the appeal in his
remarks on Friday at the
inauguration gala night held inside
the old Banquet Hall of the
Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The event took place a few hours
after he and Osinbajo took their
oaths of office and oaths of
allegiance before a mammoth
crowd at the Eagle Square, Abuja
where he promised to be the
President of all.
“I ask Nigerians to please bear with
us; a lot of damage has been done.
You can look at our infrastructure in
1999 and now and you will
appreciate this,” he said.
Buhari also regretted the high rate
of unemployment among youths
who he said represented about 60
per cent of the country’s
He said the nation was sitting on a
keg of gun powder with that kind of
He said his administration would
focus on agriculture and mining to
engage some of the unemployed
He also asked Nigerians to pray for
the country more than they are
“Nigeria prays a lot; we need to
even pray the more for luck so that
the expectations our people have,
especially the youth, would be
met,” he said.
He promised to seek the supports
of Europe, America and Nigeria’s
neighbours in tackling the
unemployment and security
problems confronting the country.
On security, Buhari said his
administration would work hard to
He said the backlash in
neighbouring countries if Nigeria
had a crisis would be monumental.
He added, “Nigeria has to be well
secured and efficiently managed;
this is what the APC is all about.
“This was why the legacy parties
made the sacrifice of jettisoning
their personal ambitions, tried to
come together and took the bull by
the horn and therefore brought it
down and slaughtered it literally.’’
He said the party in power had
realised its problems and made the
He added that his administration
would articulate the nation’s
requirements after studying the
handover notes from the past
administration, and then consult
neighbouring countries, Europe
and US to help the nation.
Former Vice President Atiku
Abubakar described Nigeria and
democracy as the winners of the
last general elections.
“Democracy is the winner, and
Nigeria is the winner. I
congratulate all who made the
election possible. I also
congratulate former president
Goodluck Jonathan for deepening
He further said the path of honour
Jonathan took would not be
He urged the President to
recognise the diversity of the
country and accommodate all since
the nation’s diversity remained its
Similarly, a national leader of the
All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju
Bola Tinubu, said a new era had
dawned in Nigeria.
He said that a commitment to build
a new Nigeria had been
consecrated, adding that Buhari is
principled, passionate and
determined to develop the
“The challenge is yours. We that are
looking up to you will continue to
do so with great commitment, and
perseverance,” Tinubu added.