President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to improve Nigerians’ living conditions in 2012.
Jonathan made the promise in his New Year message made available to State House correspondents.
To achieve this, he said his administration would provide effective interventions in key areas.
He stated that he would neither be distracted nor deterred from the effective implementation of his agenda for national growth and development by present security challenges.
He promised to vigorously confront and defeat the menace of terrorism and work with the international community to eliminate the threat to global peace and security.
He said, “Sadly and very regrettably, however, 2011 also witnessed continuing national security challenges, the most worrisome of which was the spate of mindless terrorist attacks which have claimed the lives of many of our people.
“As we enter a new year, I wish to reassure Nigerians that my administration will neither be distracted nor deterred from the effective implementation of its agenda for national growth and development by present challenges.”
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, also urged Nigerians to reflect on Nigeria’s norms and traditions, which, he said, emphasised respect for elders and care for the young in 2012.
In his New Year message, the Speaker says a society could not be said to be making progress, if it lost its moral fabric.
Similarly, the Kwara State Governor, Mr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, said Nigerians should seize the opportunity of the nation’s thick population by making it a source of its strength rather than weakness.
His Oyo State counterpart, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, advised the citizenry to be security-conscious, following the spate of violence in the country.
On his part, the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, said a people without values should never expect any development, adding that since Nigerian values were destroyed through various means in the past, it fell on the people to ensure moral rebirth.
Similarly, the Presiding Bishop, The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Dr. Mike Okonkwo, urged Nigerians to expect positive changes, adding that God would move in a supernatural way in the country in 2012.
The cleric also advised the National Assembly not to enact laws, which could increase the suffering of the masses, instead, he urged the House to pass laws that would improve the living standard and lifestyle of the people.
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