President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to embrace the principles of love and as well show goodwill to one another while celebrating this year’s Christmas.

In a message he personally signed on Christmas eve, president Buhari urged Christians and other Nigerians bury their differences and push for peace and harmony in the country.

“Our people must make extra efforts to live in peace and harmony with their neighbours, irrespective of differences,” he said.


The Nigerian leader encouraged Nigerians to shun actions that go against the virtue of Christmas such as terrorism armed robbery.

He also warned that detractors of such acts would not go unpunished.

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“It is in line with the spirit of Christmas that I call on all elements whose actions are opposed to what the season represents, especially, insurgents, terrorists, armed robbers, kidnappers and economic saboteurs, to retrace their steps and join people of goodwill and common humanity.

“If they fail to heed this call, they will meet their end as the armed forces, security and law-enforcement agencies are poised now to confront and defeat them,” he warned.

President Buhari said, “it is gladdening to note that incidents of violence and conflicts have reduced drastically owing to the several operations embarked on by our security agencies, we must not let our guard down.”

The president reassured of his government’s commitment to alleviating the country’s economic plight.

He said Nigerians can look forward to a turnaround in the areas of fighting corruption, providing security, economic diversification, job creation and infrastructure upgrade.

He said the recently signed 2020 Budget would be “rigorously implemented to further deepen its impact on the generality of our people.”

He said with the speedy passage of the 2020 Budget Proposals, “we are confident that this new era of cordiality and cooperation between the executive and the legislature will fast-track our collective commitment to giving our people better life and governance.”