Nigerian president promises positive transformation

08:00, May 31, 2011      

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday assured the country's citizens that the transformative agenda of his new administration would bring hope to the hopeless, strength to the weak and protection to the defenseless.

The president said this in his speech after swearing to the oath of office and oath of allegiance as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Abuja.

The president said his inauguration marked the beginning of a new dawn for the country, noting that he was committed to improving the living standard of the people.

"Today our unity is firm and our purpose is strong; our determination is unshakeable; together we'll unite our nation and improve the living standard of all our people, whether in the north or in the south in the east or in the west," he said.

"Our decade of development has begun. The march is on. The day of transformation begins today; we will not allow anyone exploit differences in creed or tongue to set us one against another," he added.

The president said his leadership would be decidedly transformative and the transformation would be achieved in all the critical sectors.

He said government would harness the creative energies of the people to grow the economy, create jobs and generate enduring happiness for the people.

"We have great confidence in the ability of Nigerians to transform this country; the urgent task of my administration is to provide a suitable environment for productive activities to flourish," he said.

"I, therefore, call on the good people of Nigeria to enlist as agents of this great transformation," he added.

President Jonathan charged all elected political officers, particularly the state governors, to join the transformative train and forge a united Nigeria built on justice, opportunities and abundance.

The Nigerian leader said government could not afford to fail Nigerians in the realization of their vision of maintaining the lead in the comity of nations.

"In the days ahead, those of us who are elected to serve must show that we are men and women of patriotism and passion," he added.

"We must demonstrate the leadership, statesmanship and vision, capacity and sacrifice to transform our nation," he said.

The president said the creation of the Nigeria Sovereign Wealth Investment Authority would contribute in no small measure to the nation's fiscal responsibility.

He said the authority would institutionalize savings of Nigeria' s commodity related revenues and mitigate negative exposure to oil price volatility.

Source: Xinhua
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