2017 Budget Will Take Nigeria Out Of Recession – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the 2017 Appropriation Bill he would present to the joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday would lift the economy out of the present recession.
The president stated this in a personally signed Eid-el Maulud message to Nigerians, calling on all hands to be on deck to return the country to prosperity, Punch writes.
He called on Nigerians to be resilient and see the present challenges as more reasons to stay as one indivisible entity.
“Again, the calendar of life has brought us into another period of celebration, and deep reflection. Celebration, because we are marking the birth of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him), and deep reflection, because it is another opportunity of pausing, taking a deep breath and reflecting on the current realities before us,” the message read.
“First of all, I wish all Muslims a happy and memorable celebration of the birth of the great Prophet, through whose teachings, particularly on peaceful living, tolerance, sobriety, generosity, sacrifice and honesty, and wisdom, the nation has gained immensely in building a harmonious and prosperous society. The universal truths of the Prophet’s values remain unchanged.
“Against all odds, we have used these pillars of strength in securing a just and fair society, and our efforts are beginning to yield dividends in curbing terrorism, militancy, corruption and other crimes that devalue our humanity.
“As we use the memorable occasion of this celebration to reflect on our current challenges, I urge you not to lose faith in the ability of this administration to make a difference in the lives of our people.
“The reality of the temporary challenges should not undermine our hope, reverse our collective will to succeed, or divide us; rather it should remind us of why we need to stay together, fight together and succeed together.
“We all share a vision of a better Nigeria, and we will all share in the responsibility of building the country of our dreams.”
Curiously, Buhari’s position runs contrary to that of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who last week stated that the 2017 budget would be of little impact on the economy.
Nigerians can only hope President Buhari knows something the VP doesn’t.
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