30 Key Quotes from President Buhari’s Inaugural Speech
The Economic Confidential presents 30 Key issues raised by President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in his Inaugural Speech at the swearing-in ceremony on Friday May 29, 2015. The issues raised are loaded with powerful messages and brilliantly delivered in quotable quotes by the new President of the most populous nation in Africa.
1. Inaugration Day: Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture.
2. Goodluck Jonathan: I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are… Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria.
3. Act of Defeat: This act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country.
4. The Opposition: I thank our other countrymen and women who did not vote for us but contributed to make our democratic culture truly competitive, strong and definitive.
5. Godfatherism: I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.
6. Old Foes: A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue.
7. Neighbours: Our neighbours in the Sub-region and our African brethenen should rest assured that Nigeria under our administration will be ready to play any leadership role that Africa expects of it.
8. Current Challenges: Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems.
9. Some Past Leaders: Some of their successors behaved like spoilt children breaking everything and bringing disorder to the house.
10. Ancestors: The blood of those great ancestors flow in our veins. What is now required is to build on these legacies, to modernize and uplift Nigeria.
11. Democracy: There is now a national consensus that our chosen route to national development is democracy. To achieve our objectives we must consciously work the democratic system.
12. Executive Power: The Federal Executive under my watch will not seek to encroach on the duties and functions of the Legislative and Judicial arms of government.
13. Public Service: We shall rebuild and reform the public service to become more effective and more serviceable. We shall charge them to apply themselves with integrity to stabilize the system.
14. Arms of Government: It is only when the three arms act constitutionally that government will be enabled to serve the country optimally and avoid the confusion all too often bedevilling governance today.
15. Tiers of Government: Constitutionally there are limits to powers of each of the three tiers of government but that should not mean the Federal Government should fold its arms and close its eyes to what is going on in the states and local governments. Not least the operations of the Local Government Joint Account.
16. Oversight Function: As far as the constitution allows me I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.
17. Labour Unions: I appeal to employers and workers alike to unite in raising productivity so that everybody will have the opportunity to share in increased prosperity.
18. Media: The Nigerian press is the most vibrant in Africa. My appeal to the media today – and this includes the social media – is to exercise its considerable powers with responsibility and patriotism.
19. Infrastructure: We have to upgrade our dilapidated physical infrastructure.
20. War on Terror: Progress has been made in recent weeks by our security forces but victory cannot be achieved by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja. The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued.
21. Chibok Girls: But we cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.
22. Boko Haram: Boko Haram is a typical example of small fires causing large fires. An eccentric and unorthodox preacher with a tiny following was given posthumous fame and following by his extra judicial murder at the hands of the police.
23. Godless Group: Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of.
24. Armed Forces: For now the Armed Forces will be fully charged with prosecuting the fight against Boko haram. We shall overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in operations.
25. Security Agencies: We are going to erect and maintain an efficient, disciplined people – friendly and well – compensated security forces within an over – all security architecture.
26. Niger Delta Amnesty: The amnesty programme in the Niger Delta is due to end in December, but the Government intends to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place.
27. Electricity: No single cause can be identified to explain Nigerian’s poor economic performance over the years than the power situation. It is a national shame that an economy of 180 million generates only 4,000MW, and distributes even less.
28. Unemployment: Unemployment, notably youth un-employment features strongly in our Party’s Manifesto. We intend to attack the problem frontally through revival of agriculture, solid minerals mining as well as credits to small and medium size businesses to kick-start these enterprises.
29. Other Infrastructure: We shall quickly examine the best way to revive major industries and accelerate the revival and development of our railways, roads and general infrastructure.
30. Goodwill: The messages I received from East and West, from powerful and small countries are indicative of international expectations on us. At home the newly elected government is basking in a reservoir of goodwill and high expectations.