President Muhammadu Buhari, has described 2018 as a year of mixed blessings for Nigerians.
Buhari stated this in a message which he personally signed in Abuja, on Monday, to felicitate with Nigerians, “particularly our Christian brothers and sisters, on the joyous occasion of this year’s Christmas, which commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ.”
On the good side, the President wrote: “Our economy has made significant progress since coming out from a 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 a surplus in our trade balance. Similarly, the 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.”
However, on the downside of the year, Buhari stated: “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 re-commit 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.”