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Buhari Pens Christmas Message, Promises Better Times

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Buhari Pens Christmas Message, Promises Better Times

President Muhammadu Buhari has rekindled the hope of a better Nigeria in the future, in his Christmas message to Nigerians.

In the message signed by him, Buhari said: “We must not also forget that what lies ahead of us as a nation is better than whatever we must have experienced in the past”.

For the umpteenth he promised Nigerians that his administration would deliver a free and fair election next year, saying his word is his bond.

“My avowed commitment to free, fair, credible and violence-free polls is not a ruse or yet another vain political promise. My word is my bond.

“It is a sworn declaration on the advancement of Nigeria, the future and safety of our young and unborn generations.

“Let us tell the world that, indeed, ‘‘something good’’ can come out from Nigeria. And it will happen, as we all team up to make it happen”, Buhari said.

Read the President’s full message:

I felicitate with all Nigerians, particularly our Christian brothers and sisters, on the joyous occasion of this year’s Christmas, which commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Like I have done in the last three Christmas messages to my fellow compatriots as a serving President, I believe this season is another opportunity to reflect on the imagery of the humble, symbolic and divine birth of a young child thousands of years ago in Bethlehem, Judea, and the message of hope, compassion, salvation, reconciliation, forgiveness and peace that Jesus Christ embodies and conveys.

In 2018, Nigerians have had mixed blessings, typical of human beings.

On the pleasant side, our economy has made significant progress since coming out from recession and our faithful implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

Agricultural revolution has seen a vastly improved local production to the detriment of importation, while we have achieved surplus in our trade balance. Similarly, infrastructural deficit has been greatly reduced with significant improvements in roads, railways, aviation and power.

In addition, we have not relented in the fight against corruption while the business environment has been improved through institutional reforms.

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On the downside, we have seen so many unnecessary deaths caused by violent clashes between neighbours, who ordinarily should complement and support one another.

We cannot bring back the lives lost to floods, unfortunate fire disasters, road accidents, farmers/herders clashes and insurgency.

But we can put back smiles on the faces of the grieving, the displaced and the troubled, if we show a little love and recommit ourselves to building relationships with those outside our ethnic, religious and socio-political divides.

As we celebrate Christmas, exchange gifts, pray and visit loved ones, let us remember many others who cannot be with their families this time.

Our brave Armed Forces, and other security men and women who make incredible sacrifices to keep us safe, the aged, the sick, physically challenged persons, all deserve our goodwill in this season of love and sharing.

Together we can show generosity to our neighbours and demonstrate the diversity that makes Nigeria unique – a land with a beautiful climate and vegetation, beaming with an energetic and creative youth population.

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We must not also forget that what lies ahead of us as a nation is better than whatever we must have experienced in the past.

With general elections around the corner and heightened political activities across the country, I have charged our security and law enforcement agencies to secure the sanctity of the ballot box and ensure that the outcome of the polls reflects the will of the Nigerian people.

My avowed commitment to free, fair, credible and violence-free polls is not a ruse or yet another vain political promise. My word is my bond.

It is a sworn declaration on the advancement of Nigeria, the future and safety of our young and unborn generations.

Let us tell the world that, indeed, ‘‘something good’’ can come out from Nigeria. And it will happen, as we all team up to make it happen.

Merry Christmas!

Muhammadu Buhari

December 24, 2018

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Aigbogun Submits Final List Of Players For U-20 AFCON

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Aigbogun Submits Final List Of Players For AFCON U-20

Flying Eagles Head Coach, Paul Aigbogun, has submitted to the Nigeria Football Federation the final list of twenty players for the 2019 Africa U-20 cup of nations.

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The team says it has put behind it the disappointment felt from the cancellation of the international friendly with Saudi Arabia U-20 squad. But organizers have promised that the game would still hold after the U-20 AFCON finals.

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NRA Threatens To Withdraw Members From NPFL Over Attacks On Referees

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NRA Threatens To Withdraw Members From NPFL Over Attack On Referees

The Nigeria Referees Association has threatened to withdraw its members from the Nigeria Professional Football League because of repeated attacks on league referees.

Referee Sam Agba was assaulted by Plateau United fans in Jos and on Sunday, some match officials were attacked by fans of Remo Stars in Sagamu.

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Nigeria Referees Association Publicity Secretary, Kelechi Mejuonbi says the association is waiting for the decision of the league management on the incident.

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Afe Babalola Calls For Unified Examination For Universities Graduands

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Afe Babalola Calls For Unified Examination For Universities Graduating Students

Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, a legal luminary, has called for the adoption of a unified examination system for final year students in every course in Nigerian universities.

The legal icon said this is the way to bring about quality education in the country to discourage what he called “the culture of laziness” in the system.

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Babalola made the call while speaking at the tenth matriculation ceremony and award conferment on alumni of Afe Babalola University in Ado Ekiti.

At the twin events, Ekpo Naomi, best graduating student ever produced by the university since its inception in 2010, was awarded half a million naira.

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Babalola said if the Nigerian Universities Commission and the Ministry of Education adopt the idea of unified examinations to all final year students, every university would strive harder to ensure its students pass the national examinations.  He said this will result in high standards in teaching and learning.

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