President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed confidence that Nigeria would come through its present challenges stronger and better. Buhari said this in a preamble to Nigeria At 60 Big Book, a book of record being compiled by LEADERSHIP COLLECTION Limited, a subsidiary of the LEADERSHIP Group.
The book, due for publication soon, has created excitement in the public and private sectors. Some A-List subscribers have described the effort as a befitting milestone for Nigeria’s diamond jubilee on October 1.
In the foreword released on Monday and entitled “Stronger Together”, the President said, “If I did not believe that Nigeria still has a bright and glorious future, that out of our difficult past, it is still possible to build a strong and united country that we can all be proud of, I would not have fought in the civil war, stepped up for a brief period as military head of state, or contested four times to serve as a democratically elected President.”
Buhari described himself as an “optimist”, adding that he had chosen to see the glass of Nigeria’s journey in the past 60 years as half full.
He said even though some may be tempted to despair on account of the present challenges, he was confident that the labours of our founding fathers and past heroes would not be in vain.
While thanking Buhari for his endorsement, the Chairman of LEADERSHIP Group, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, who received Buhari’s foreword after the model big book reached the President’s office, said, “It is noteworthy that this is the second preamble that Buhari would write for LEADERSHIP Group.
“He did the first in 2010 when we published ‘Nigeria At 50.’ This second one is particularly significant because the message goes to the heart of the country’s greatest need today: togetherness.”
Nda-Isaiah said the big book offered the best chance yet for the President’s cabinet and stakeholders in the public and private sectors to engage the public on the country’s collective effort to build the future of our dream.
It would be recalled that during a ministerial performance review last week, the President charged his cabinet to step out and defend the legacy of the administration.
In the foreword, the President also touched on the difficulties faced by his administration when it came to office.
“We inherited a difficult legacy,” he said. “The country was ridden by corruption, broken by insurgency that had spread even into the Federal Capital Territory, and hampered by poor infrastructure and weak economic fundamentals which threatened sustainable growth.”
He said his administration has faced these challenges head-on.
“We have fought corruption head-on,” he wrote. “We have improved transparency in the financial system by implementing the Treasury Single Account; improved the ease of doing business; invested more in infrastructure and social services than any other government in spite of falling revenues; revived the agricultural sector, which employs the bulk of our population; and restructured the public service sector to improve efficiency in service delivery.”
The President urged Nigerians not to despair. He said given the country’s historic place, his administration would harness the country’s potential to make it the pride of future generations and the envy of Africa and the world.
Buhari said in spite of the cowardly attacks on soft targets by Boko Haram and its criminal franchises, his government had significantly degraded their capacity.
“The military and all security agencies,” he said, “have been put on the front foot to secure life and property in the North-East and indeed in any other part of the country where these criminal elements and their cousins may pose a threat.”
Buhari’s historic letter and those expected from former living Nigerian heads of state and presidents are part of the standout content in Nigeria big book.
The Vice Chairman of LEADERSHIP Collection Limited and former Group Managing Director of LEADERSHIP Group, Mr. Azu Ishiekwene, said in the next few days subscribers would be able to view content and engage the publisher online, ahead of the print version.