President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday assured Nigerians that he would do all within his powers to ensure that they would not regret entrusting national responsibility to him by electing him during the March 28 presidential election.
He said his administration was capable of fixing the nation’s problems.
Buhari made the submission in an address he delivered to members of the Nigerian community in Niger during his visit to the country.
A copy of his speech was made available to journalists in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
Buhari told the Nigerian community that his government was just coming on board and was still in the process of setting out appropriate modalities on how to actualise its agenda of revamping Nigeria as contained in the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress.
He noted that Nigerians voted for him based on the party’s manifesto.
He however urged them to exercise patience because “the task of rebuilding Nigeria is an arduous one.”
He reiterated his position that to ensure accelerated development, his administration would concentrate on challenges of insecurity, near economic collapse, pervasive corruption and power shortages.
Buhari said, “I want to reassure (you) that we are going to tackle these challenges head on.
“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.
“However, daunting as the task to surmount these challenges may be, they are by no means insurmountable.
“There is now a national consensus that our chosen route to national development is democracy. To achieve our objectives, we must consciously work to improve the democratic system.”
Buhari also assured them that his government would be resolute in ensuring that the country’s regained its enviable position among the comity of nations.
He however said he needed all Nigerians, including those in the Diaspora, to partner his administration in order to realise the dream.
“I want to conclude by urging you to continue to remain law-abiding and to continue to be good ambassadors of the country as we embark on the journey of rebirth, development, evolution and integration,” the President concluded.