Today marks Nigeria’s Democracy Day.
The Federal Government has declared the day to commemorate the country’s return to democracy from a protracted military regime.
Former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, handed over power to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on May 29, 1999.
The day marked the beginning of Nigeria’s democratic Fourth Republic.
To mark the day, President Muhammadu Buhari made a nationwide broadcast to keep the citizens abreast of his one-year in office.
Below are the highlights of the speech:
Ghost Workers: We uncovered N4.2bn being stolen monthly – Buhari
We will be saving N23bn annually from official travels, sitting allowances – Buhari
Ministry of Information to publish and update Nigerians on stolen assets – Buhari
Destructive activities of militants will not stop us from addressing Niger Delta challenges – Buhari assures.
Buhari reassures farmers of sufficient intervention funds from BOA to boost food production.
Buhari expresses concern over rising cost of food items, says we are on the same page with farmers to ensure food security in the country.
Buhari lauds the role of Nigerian women in revitalising the nation’s agric sector, pledges to inaugurate the N1.6bn National Women Empowerment Fund to rehabilitate the economy of rural communities.
Buhari raises alarm over activities of illegal miners, says security teams have been set up to protect the nation’s assets.
War Against Insurgency: Buhari thanks members of the Armed Forces, says “their work is almost done and the nation owes them a debt of gratitude”. (NAN)
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Source:: Nigerian Pilot