President Muhammadu Buhari has wished Nigerians a merry Christmas, with a promise to continue working towards leaving lasting legacies.
The President said in his Christmas message: “Until my last day in office, I will continue to provide political and material support to sub-national governments, the Armed Forces, institutions and individuals working wholeheartedly for the peace, unity, stability and progress of Nigeria.
“The advances we have made so far on the economic front, especially in infrastructure; food security, anti-corruption, security, energy sufficiency, among others, will need to be built on.”
He urged Nigerians to vote wisely.
“This joyous season has coincided with the period of campaigns to usher in a new administration.
“I urge you to be circumspect and vote for those that will maintain the momentum we have created for the greater good of the country.
“It is another opportunity to show the rest of the world that Nigeria is indeed ready to consolidate its democratic credentials as has been noted in international circles.
“Let the peace and joy that pervade this period continue well into the new year up to the elections in February and beyond.
“I want to assure Nigerians that those who violently seek to disrupt the peace of our nation have lost the battle.
“For me and my family, this year’s celebration is unique. It is my last as your elected President.
“Twenty-two weeks from now, this administration will hand over to another.”
He wish citizens joyous celebrations.
“Many of us look forward to this festive season as a time to travel, share gifts, spend quality time with family and friends, attend special carols and events, and generally relive the good moments of the year.
“In whatever circumstances we find ourselves, Christmas is a period when we come together to rejoice and set aside our differences.
“We must never lose sight of the symbiotic relationship between Christmas and hope; Jesus Christ and humility, Christianity and grace,” he said.
He charged all Nigerians that could afford as much as possible in celebration of the festive season to also remember to share with their neighbours who indeed also wish to celebrate, but are lacking in resources to do so.