President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Nigerians for witnessing the New Year in spite of the hard times. He called for collective efforts to end the current economic recession.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the nation’s challenges were surmountable, “but we need to approach them with unity of purpose, focus and single-mindedness.”
He said, “It is a thing of joy to celebrate the New Year in an atmosphere of peace and security. For one thing, the people of the North-East and indeed across the country are celebrating without fear of attacks from insurgents or other criminal elements.
“Even though we are not where we want to be as a nation yet, we must continue to take those steps that will eventually bring us to our envisioned destination as a prosperous and peaceful country.”
In the same vein, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, urged Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery of the nation’s economy in the New Year.
In a statement signed his Special Adviser (Media), Uche Anichukwu; Ekweremadu expressed sadness over the current economic hardship faced by Nigerians, noting that the nation’s leadership needed divine guidance to take the right economic policies and steps.
He added, “No doubt, 2016 will be remembered for unprecedented economic hardship experienced by Nigerians, irrespective of social status, political, ethnic, and religious leanings. Therefore, we must all join hands to seek the face of God for quick economic recovery and peace in our land.
“Importantly, the Federal Government and those in charge of the economy must rise to the occasion. We must assemble the best hands, irrespective of where they come from, to lead the nation out of the economic wilderness. We must restore the confidence of our people in the ballot box. They must freely vote and their votes must count, devoid of all forms of intimidation, manipulation, and political excesses,” he said.
Similarly, the immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, urged the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to review and strengthen its agenda towards addressing the issues of hunger, poverty and insecurity in order to get the nation out of the woods in 2017.
Mark, in a statement by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, said that in spite of the difficulties of the past years, 2017 promises to be a year of greater hopes and possibilities for Nigerians.
He said, “Every state of the federation has one or two mineral resources that needs to be tapped to boost our economy. If every state develops or improves on areas of comparative advantages and contributes same to national development, our economic recovery would be faster than expected.”