October 1, 2022, marks the 62nd independence celebration for Nigerians and the last one for President Muhammadu Buhari in which he expressed gratitude to God and Nigerians for giving him the opportunity to serve.
In his statement to commemorate the anniversary, the President outlined some of his accomplishments across a number of economic sectors and urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities to return to the classroom.
He claimed that by taking part in the people’s pain; he had made a commitment to leave Nigerians with a culture of democracy that would last.
He asserted as he listed a few of the successes of his administration: “One of the areas where we have made significant progress is in the eradication of deeply entrenched corruption that permeates all facets of our national development.
“In order to address insecurity, we worked methodically in reducing insurgency in the North East, militancy in the Niger Delta, Ethnic and Religious Tensions in some sections of Nigeria along with other problems threatening our country.
“Our efforts in re-setting the economy manifested in Nigeria exiting two economic recessions by the very practical and realistic monetary and fiscal measures to ensure effective public financial management. In addition, the effective implementation of the Treasury Single Account and cutting down on the cost of governance also facilitated early exits from recessions.”
What did the President say regarding ASUU?
President Buhari voiced his discontent with the prolonged strike and urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to the classroom.
He said: “I must confess that I am very pained by the recurring disruption to our tertiary education system and I am using this Independence Day celebration to reiterate my call for the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities to return to the classroom while assuring them to deal with their contending issues within the limits of the scarce resources available.”
What did the president say about security?
The President said he took a chance to create a better Nigeria and that his administration “had made appreciable progress” in addressing the problems that have plagued the nation for more than ten years.
Additionally, he stressed that the administration would not give up on resolving the security issues the nation has had since the start of his term.
The security forces, he said, are handling all cases of banditry, molestation, and kidnapping, “I share the pains Nigerians are going through and I assure you that your resilience and patience would not be in vain as this administration continues to reposition as well as strengthen the security agencies to enable them to deal with all forms of security challenges.”
“At the inception of this administration in 2015, I provided the funding requirements of the security agencies, which was also improved in my second tenure in 2019 to enable them to surmount security challenges. We will continue on this path until our efforts yield the desired results,” he added.