Tuesday, May 29th 2018 makes it three years since Muhammadu Buhari assumed office as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while the president gives a speech to mark the 19th year of Nigeria’s democracy and the 3rd Anniversary of his administration.
However, NAIJ.com has gathered five things that make president Buhari’s 2018 democracy speech similar to 2016.
Here are five similar things that president Buhari made in 2018 and 2016 Democracy Day speeches.
1. Boko Haram
President Buhari is his 2016 democracy speech, talked about Boko Haram. The president said the insurgents had captured 14 local governments, driven the local authorities out, hoisted their flags. The president in 2018 also spoke about the insurgents. He said his administration has degraded the capacity of the Boko Haram insurgency leading to the release of 106 Chibok and 104 Dapchi girls, and over 16,000 other persons held by the insurgents.
2. Fight against corruption
President Buhari in his 2016 democracy speech, talked about fight against corruption, he EFCC was given the freedom to pursue corrupt officials and the judiciary was alerted on what Nigerians expect of them in the fight against corruption. While the president in his 2018 democracy speech said Nigerians and the international community have begun to applaud the country policies and determination to fight corruption.
3. N-power scheme
President Buhari in his 2016 democracy speech, talked about a programme that both seeks to start the process of lifting many from poverty, while at the same time creating the opportunity for people to fend for themselves. He said five hundred billion naira was appropriated in the 2016 budget for social intervention programmes in five key areas. While the president in his 2018 democracy speech said 20,000 non-graduate volunteers have also been selected to kick off the N-Build programme in collaboration with the National Automotive Design and Development Council and the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria.
4. Niger Delta
President Buhari in his 2016 democracy speech, said the recent spate of attacks by militants disrupting oil and power installations will not distract the his government from engaging leaders in the region in addressing Niger Delta problems. While the president in his 2018 democracy speech said the Niger Delta Region has enjoyed relative peace through social inclusiveness and cooperation of the Elders and the good people of the region. Government is committed to implementing the comprehensive peace, security and development plan for the region.
Finally, President Buhari in his 2016 democracy speech said through the education grant scheme, his government will encourage students studying sciences, technology, engineering and maths, and lay a foundation for human capital development for the next generation. While the president in his 2018 democracy speech said the education sector especially at tertiary level has continued to witness expansion in order to improve access to higher education by millions of youths in Nigeria. The president also noted that over the last three years, government has approved the establishment of 1 new Federal Polytechnic, granted licenses for the establishment of 4 State and 14 private-owned Universities as well as 12 private Polytechnics.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that president Buhari on Tuesday, May 29, delivered a speech to mark the 19th year of Nigeria’s democracy and the 3rd Anniversary of his administration.
The president addressed the nation in a live broadcast which started at 7am lasted for almost 26 minutes, to explain what his administration has been able to do in the last three years.
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