The year 2021 was fraught with challenges, especially with the battle against the Corona Virus pandemic.
The insecurity that has ravaged the entire country is also a source of worry for many.
But 2022 breathes hope for a better Nigeria.
This is the belief of many leaders in Nigeria as the country ushers in a new year.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in his new year message, said Nigerian keeps learning from COVID-19, which has encouraged his Administration to intensify efforts to mitigate its socio-economic effects on the Nation.
He said in the year 2022 and going forward, his Administration would intentionally leverage ICT platforms to create jobs while ensuring that the diversification of the economy creates more support to other emerging sectors.
“I am proud to announce that several foreign investors are taking advantage of our ranking as one of the leading start-up ecosystems in Africa to invest in our digital economy.
“We remain grateful to the Almighty God for yet another Year attained as a country, united by a common destiny and resolute in our determination to overcome the several challenges along the path to build the great and prosperous Nation of our dream.
“I salute the courage and resilience of all Nigerians, which was evident in 2021 as this Nation, like other countries of the world, faced significant challenges that occurred as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts to restore the global economy and social order.
“The persistent insecurity in certain parts of the country may have threatened to unravel the incremental gains achieved in the real sectors of the economy and in the Administration’s overall objective to position the country on the irreversible trajectory of sustainable growth and progress, but I assure you that we will remain resolute in our commitments and shall continue to press ahead with our programmes and plans.
“There is no doubt that the issue of security remains at the front burner of priority areas that this Administration has given utmost attention.
“As a follow up to our promise to re-energize and reorganize the security apparatus and personnel of the armed forces and the police, it is on record that this Administration has invested heavily in re-equipping our military in line with upgrading the platforms and firepower required to tackle the current challenges faced in the country.”
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has charged Nigerians and other Africans to continue to work towards building inclusive, just and peaceful societies.
Dr Jonathan, in his new year message, noted that 2022 presents new opportunities to “build our Nation for ourselves, our children and grandchildren.
“I congratulate fellow Nigerians, Africans and friends across the world for the opportunity of entering into the New Year, 2022.
“The past year was characterized by many global challenges amid the ravaging effect of COVID -19 and its variants.
“We have continued to live with the new realities imposed by the pandemic and consequences resulting from existing problems such as insecurity, poverty and climate change.
“Across the world, there is a global demand for justice, peace, hope, security and sustainable development.
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong
Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, has asked Nigerians to look forward to a great year 2022 with optimism and hope.
In his new year message, Governor Lalong said the Nation has a lot to thank God for, having experienced highs and lows in many sectors. He said though there were many challenges, so much was equally achieved in many areas.
He said with the determination and collaboration of the people, insecurity and unemployment, which are major factors that threaten the future of the Nation, will be overcome.
“Nigeria is tremendously blessed and endowed with not only natural resources but good people who want to live in peace and pursue legitimate endeavours in peace, unity and tranquillity.
“That is why we must all work together in the new year to confront those who want to take away the collective destiny of Nigerians through terrorism, banditry and other criminal activities. We must deny them such opportunities and also ensure that we put them to shame. We should do so believing that evil cannot triumph over good”, he said.
Governor Lalong said in 2022; his Administration will continue with its Rescue Mission of developing human capital and physical infrastructure by completing those in progress as well as carrying out others which are coming on board.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in its 2022 message, said the New Year presents Nigeria with a unique opportunity to put aside all forms of divisiveness, fear and narrow-mindedness and pursue a new beginning.
In a statement by Debo Ologunagba, its National Publicity Secretary, the party called on Nigerians “to patriotically confront the challenges of bad governance and work as one people to salvage our Nation in line with the Rescue and Rebuild mission of the PDP.
“Of course, the APC and its government have lined up many more litany of lies, false promises and fake performance claims which they intend to dish out as new year messages in a fresh bid to hoodwink the people and continue in their culture of impunity and recklessness.
“On security, the APC government must get committed to the fight against terrorism by adopting proactive measures including extensive intelligence gathering for tactical operations.”