Sunday, 25 December 2016

President Buhari's Christmas message

Dear Compatriots,

I heartily rejoice with all Nigerians, particularly our Christian
brothers and sisters, on this year's celebration of the birth of Jesus

As we celebrate this year’s Christmas, I believe that it is very
appropriate for us to reflect on the love of God aptly espoused in
the teachings and lifestyle of Jesus Christ.

During his earthly sojourn, Jesus Christ repeatedly reminded his
disciples and followers of peace that comes in the midst of trials
and tribulations on earth.

There is no better time than now in our nation’s history to pray for
divine guidance to get over our current challenges.

We can have peace in Nigeria if we all learn to tolerate and
appreciate one another, respect constituted authority; and be our
brothers’ keepers in word and deed.

During this period, we should remember to offer special prayers to
God for all our heroic citizens who paid the supreme price to
restore peace and security in the North East and other flash points
in the country.

Let us also remember in our prayers the security forces in the
frontline in the continuing battle to rid our nation of terrorism and

We must not forget the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in our
midst and those who have suffered untold hardship as a result of
activities of insurgents and terrorists.

Our immediate priority is to alleviate the poverty of Nigerians by
quickly stimulating the economy.

I assure Nigerians that our government is doing its best to make
life easier for all.

Let us therefore, renew our hope in the God-ordained unity,
progress and prosperity of our great nation.

I wish all travellers safe movements and a memorable holiday as
we celebrate with our family and friends.

President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
December 24, 2016.

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