President Muhammadu Buhari, in celebration of the new year, confirmed his commitment to fight insecurity, tackle corruption, expand the economy and strengthen the electoral process.

The president also pledged to reinforce the security outfits in the country with modern weaponry, and improve training and employment.

Buhari added that all that the country needs is a democratic government “that can guarantee peace and security to realise the full potential of our ingenious, entrepreneurial and hard-working people,” adding that his administration’s policies are tackled towards realising this.

The President said: “Our policies are designed to promote genuine, balanced growth that delivers jobs and rewards industry. Our new Economic Advisory Council brings together respected and independent thinkers to advise me on a strategy that champions inclusive and balanced growth, and above all fight poverty and safeguard national economic interests.”

He also noted that the government is committed to inclusive growth by signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the creation of the National Action Committee to oversee its implementation and ensure the necessary safeguards are in place to allow Nigeria to fully capitalise on regional and continental markets.

Buhari mentioned that the opening of the closed borders would be done once “we are satisfied that the safeguards are adequate, normal cross-border movements will be resumed.”

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