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2017: Tough Year But Better Days Ahead , Buhari Says During Christmas Call |RN

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that 2017 had been a very tough year for Nigeria, but expressed optimism that 2018 will be a more prosperous one.

The President stated this when he received a delegation of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) residents who paid him Christmas homage in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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Buhari noted with delight that God had answered the prayers of Nigerians as the rainy season was good and farmers recorded bumper harvest across the country.

“It has been a tough year for Nigeria and I hope next year will be a much more prosperous one.

“But God listened to the majority of us, the rainy season was very good and some states have got very good information from home; I never knew that the people from Kano who are more resourceful used to go to my area and hire farms, this year nobody hired farm, and nobody regretted it.

“And again the second one from the Gov. of Sokoto State said all the people that really registered early to perform last pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia were farmers. But he didn’t tell me if they took additional wives.

“But I am very pleased that people have gone back to the land with very good harvests,’’ he said.

Buhari used the opportunity to commend religious leaders for partnering with government in ensuring peaceful co-existence among the diverse ethno-religious groups in the country.

He stated that reports reaching him from security organisations across the country indicated that the religious leaders had been assisting the security agents in the maintenance of peace and tranquility in the society.

“I thank you very much for coming, especially the religious leaders.

“I am very pleased you are doing your best from the intelligence I am getting to make sure that people live as good neighbours and good Nigerians,’’ said the president.

Buhari, who also spoke on his recent miraculous medical recovery, said his absolute adherence to doctors’ instruction and orders was responsible for his improved health conditions.

He said: “It has been a tumultuous year. I thought I was 74 but I was told I was 75 I have never been so sick even the 30 months civil war (when) I was stumbling under farm of yams or cassava but this sickness I don’t know but I came out better.

“All those who saw me before and when I came back said I look much better, but I have explained it to the public that as a General I used to give orders now I take orders; the doctors told me to feed my stomach and sleep for longer hours that is why I am looking much better.’’

The delegation and Minister of the FCT, Alhaji Musa Bello, had earlier thanked God for not only restoring the President’s health, but also making him stronger and better looking.

“This is the third homage and we have never seen you better as you look today,’’ he said.

The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), FCT Chapter, Mr Jonah Samson, lauded the Buhari administration for its performances in the fight against corruption and insurgency in the country.

Samson, who also commended the administration’s efforts towards ensuring security of life and property of citizens, urged the government to provide additional employment opportunities to address youth restiveness in the country.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of Christmas cards to the president by the FCT minister and the Chaplain of the Aso Rock Chapel.

(Source: NAN)

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No Power Can Bring Me Down- Gov.Wike |The Republican News

 

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that no power can bring him down because “I’m solidly and comfortably” rooted in God.

Wike, who made this remark at the Rivers State Headquarters of the Living Faith Church in Port Harcourt during a special Christmas church service on Sunday, explained that the state would continue to overcome trials and oppressive tendencies through God’s grace.

The governor, who was accompanied to the church service by his wife, Justice Eberechi, and their children, pointed out that while other states were battling economic downturn, Rivers State had been operating “a Jesus economy,” which entailed divine provision and sustenance.

“No power can bring me down because I am solidly and comfortably rooted in God. My belief in God strengthens me at all times. We want you to continue to pray for this state because Satan is at work.

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“If God be for us, nobody can be against us. We have had turbulent times, but we have always come out victorious. This state is a Christian state. Therefore, we shall continue to collaborate with the Church,” the governor said.

He assured the people that the state government would support schools owned by churches with grants, adding that the ongoing construction of the State Ecumenical Centre would be completed by May, 2017.

Wike recalled that the Church stood by him right from the campaign period till date.

The governor called on the Church to continue to pray for his administration for God’s protection and wisdom.

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In his sermon, the Resident Pastor of Living Faith Church, Rivers State Headquarters, Pastor Peter Ogbondemin, described Christmas as relevant because Jesus Christ came to restore divine presence to man.

The high point of the Christmas celebration was the special prayers for the governor and the state by the congregation. (Punchng.com)

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My Top Priority Remains Reducing Poverty, Says Buhari |The Republican News

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President Muhammadu Buhari

• Seeks divine intervention to overcome challenges

President Muhammadu Buhari insisted yesterday that his immediate priority is to alleviate the poverty of Nigerians by quickly stimulating the economy.

He therefore urged citizens not to lose hope, but seek divine intervention for the nation to overcome its challenges.

Buhari, in his 2016 Christmas message, said that it is possible to have peace if all Nigerians learn to tolerate and appreciate one another, respect constituted authority, and be their brothers’ keepers.

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He said: “I heartily rejoice with all Nigerians, particularly our Christian brothers and sisters, on this year’s celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

“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.

“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.”

He also asked Nigerians to offer special prayers to God, at this period, for Nigerians who paid the supreme price to restore peace and security in the North East and other flash points in the country.

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He added: “Let us also remember in our prayers the security forces in the frontline in the continuing battle to rid our nation of terrorism and violence.

“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.”

On the economy, he said: “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.”

He wished all travellers “safe movements and a memorable holiday as we celebrate with our family and friends.” (Punchng.com)

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