Full Text Of President Jonathan's New Year Broadcast Speech Today

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 Dear Great People of our nation,
1. I greet and felicitate with you all as we enter
the New Year today. As we mark the beginning
of this New Year, 2015, a new nation is being
born. A new nation is being born because of the
foundations we have all laid, working together
for the good and progress of our dear

fatherland.
2. I join you all in thanking God Almighty who
has brought us this far, for continually bestowing
His Grace upon us and for guiding our great
nation safely through all the challenges of the
past year.
3. This year, as in the year past, I reaffirm my
commitment to work to ensure a secure future
for our dear country and the generations yet
unborn.
4. Last year, we celebrated our hundredth year
of nationhood. The year brought us further
progress, challenges and fresh opportunities.
5. We have contended with the normal
challenges of nation-building and the unusual
challenges of terrorism.
6. But we have continued to vigorously confront
those who seek to destroy the bonds of unity
that hold us together.
7. On this first day of the New Year, I want to
pay special tribute to the gallant officers, men
and women of our Armed Forces and other
security agencies who have been in the forefront
of the war against terrorism and violent
extremism in our country and sub-region.
8. I also commend all Nigerians who have
remained vigilant and cooperative with our
security agencies in the fight against the
common enemy.
9. We are re-equipping and re-positioning our
armed forces to enhance their capacity to win
the ongoing war against terror and insurgency.
10. Regrettably, terrorists have unleashed much
pain and agony on our land. They have made
widows of our mothers and sisters and orphans
of our children. They have shut down
businesses, desecrated places of worship and
brought untold hardship to both men and
women. They have violated the culture and
peaceful way of life in our country, which took
generations to build.
11. They have destroyed countless schools and
displaced people from their communities, driving
them into exile.
12. I want to assure you that the terrorists will
not get away with their atrocities: they will not
win; they will be routed. As President, I feel the
pain of all affected communities and families. I
hear their cries and share their sorrow and pain.
13. We will not forget; we will not look the other
way. We have done a lot of painstaking planning
and work to resolve the current security
challenge. We will bring justice to the savage
terrorists known as Boko Haram. They will be
defeated.
14. That is the solemn commitment I make
today as President of the Federal Republic, and
Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces.
15. By the Special Grace of God, the Federal
Government, under my leadership, has continued,
in the past four years to lead our country
forward, even under the most trying
circumstances.
16. The progress we have made in priority areas
bears us testimony.
17. Amongst other achievements, we have
rehabilitated and expanded our rail
transportation network, successfully privatized
power generation and distribution, significantly
reformed and increased local participation in our
oil and gas industry, and improved nationwide
access to potable water from 57% in 2010, to
70% at present.
18. We have also made significant progress in
improving access to primary, secondary and
tertiary education by building and equipping
more schools, including special Almajiri schools,
and establishing additional universities to ensure
that each state of the nation now has at least
one Federal University.
19. Our national economy maintained a steady
growth rate of close to seven per cent in the
past four years and millions of fresh employment
opportunities were created for our people as a
direct consequence.

20. Recently, we launched the Youth
Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP)
and the $100 million dollars Government and
Donor Fund for Agriculture Finance in Nigeria
(FAFIN) to fast-track the positive transformation
of our agricultural sector.
21. The Youth Employment in Agriculture
Programme (YEAP) targets 750, 000 market-
oriented young agricultural producers while the
$100 million dollars Fund is to provide
affordable long-term financing to support the
development of small and medium
agribusinesses in the country.
22. This is in addition to a N50 billion Farm
Mechanization Support Fund set up by the
Central Bank to establish 1,200 agricultural
equipment-hiring enterprises.
23. Both funds will become fully operational this
year. Policies and programmes such as these to
boost agricultural production remain topmost on
the agenda of this administration.
24. Being very conscious of the inherent perils of
our over-reliance on income from crude oil
exports for national development, we have
focused on accelerating the diversification of our
economy.
25. The non-oil Sector which has grown by an
average of 8% in the last few years, is now a
major driver of growth in our economy.
26. The 2015 national budget, which is now
before the National Assembly, is targeted at
deepening our efforts at becoming a non-oil
economy.
27. The budget also includes measures to
ensure that the downturn in the price of oil does
not affect our development plans and our
national economy too adversely. We are
adjusting our financial processes to safeguard
our economy. We are also taking steps to ensure
that the poor and the low and medium income
earners do not bear the brunt.
28. In 2015, this administration will continue to
lay the foundation for a vibrant economy that
attracts significant Foreign Direct Investment
and promotes policies that ensure economic
stability.
29. We will ensure stability in the value of the
Naira by striving to take away speculative
behaviours that cause market exchange
pressures.
30. We will continue to build and maintain a
healthy external reserves position and
strengthen fiscal buffers. We will ensure the
Naira remains strong, and gives foreign investors
the clarity and certainty that they need, to guide
future investment decisions.
31. We will continue to improve our payment
systems and strengthen risk-based supervision
mechanism for Nigerian banks to ensure overall
health and stability of the banking system.
32. We are introducing a broad spectrum of
financial instruments to boost sector-specific
enterprise areas in agriculture, Micro, Small and
Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs),
manufacturing, and oil and gas to enhance our
aggregate supply capacity, reduce poverty,
promote job creation and increase the general
well-being of our people.
33. These efforts and other measures being
spearheaded by relevant Ministries, Departments
and Agencies, are geared to ensure a secure
future for Nigeria and create a much more
prosperous country, where people live more
peaceful and fulfilled lives.
Fellow countrymen and women,
34. As we enter an election year, I assure you
that our administration will remain fully focused
on providing good governance and the delivery
of better public services to our people.
35. The coming campaigns and elections will not
distract us from our ongoing work to
significantly improve the living conditions of our
people. And I urge all tiers of government not to
be distracted as well.
36. The elections are very important for us as a
country. Their successful conclusion will further
strengthen our democratic institutions and place
our beloved country even more firmly in the
comity of truly democratic nations.
37. Given the challenges that have characterized
some previous electoral contests in our country,
the eyes of the world will certainly be on the
conduct and outcome of our fifth post-military
rule general elections.

38. I reassure all Nigerians and the international
community of our firm commitment to free, fair
and credible elections. My commitment to free
elections and one man, one vote remains
unwavering.
39. Our administration has worked hard in
previous elections to prepare all key
stakeholders including the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies
and the electorate optimally, to ensure a
progressively improved electoral process in the
country under my watch. We will continue to do
so for the coming elections.
40. We will continue to provide adequate funding
to INEC and maintain the Commission’s
independence and isolate it from any form of
interference or meddling in its day-to-day
affairs. This shall continue to guarantee its
impartiality and ability to conduct more credible
and acceptable elections.
41. National security agencies will also be given
all necessary support to enhance their ability to
ensure that the elections are peaceful and
violence-free. The Nigeria Police has already
established an Elections Security Planning and
Monitoring Unit.
42. I am optimistic that with the cooperation of
all law-abiding citizens of the country, our
commitment to have a peaceful and violence-
free election will be actualized.
43. I will like to say this, once again, to my
fellow politicians and political leaders. None of
our political ambitions is worth the blood of any
of our countrymen, women and children. The
improvement of their lives and living conditions
ought to be our primary motive and the driving
force of our quest for political power and
leadership positions.
44. Let us not promote sectionalism, disunity,
intolerance, hate, falsehood or the malicious
abuse of political opponents. Whatever we feel
or seek, we must have a nation and a people
before we can dream of political ambitions. Let
us put the nation and the people first.
45. Let us all conduct our electoral campaigns
with the highest possible decorum and civility
towards political opponents. Let us give INEC
the fullest possible support and cooperation it
requires to conduct credible and violence-free
elections in 2015.
46. After the 2011 general elections, some
unpatriotic elements embarked on an Fun of
violence, resulting in the destruction of lives and
property. That will not be allowed to happen this
time around. This government will act decisively
against anyone who disrupts the public peace,
before, during or after the 2015 general
elections.
47. All Nigerians, of voting age, are free to vote
based on their convictions. It is our duty to
defend and protect that basic right, and let no
one be in doubt, we will.
48. Fellow Nigerians, I urge all of you to enter
the New Year with renewed zeal and patriotism,
to serve our fatherland with love, honesty,
faithfulness and hope for a greater tomorrow.
49. As I have always maintained, none of the
challenges before us is insurmountable. We
must come together as a people and work with
single-minded unity of purpose to overcome
them.
50. Nigeria is a key country in Africa. We must
work together to maintain our strategic position
and collaborate with others to move the
continent forward. I call for peace in Africa and
an end to all conflicts in our continent. I urge all
Africans to promote democracy in their
respective countries to ensure faster
development of the continent and faster
economic and political integration.
51. We will continue to pray and offer hands of
fellowship and assistance to our fellow Africans
suffering from the Ebola Virus Disease. I urge all
Nigerians to show compassion and contribute in
whatever way we can to help our African
brothers and sisters.
52. As we go into this New Year, I salute the
indomitable and resilient spirit of our people in
Nigeria and wherever they are in the world. Our
spirit of enterprise and the doggedness to
succeed amongst all odds has been our
strength.

53. With our collective prayers and efforts, we
will grow our economy and our people will
become wealthier. Government will continue with
programmes deliberately designed to create
more jobs for our youth, to enable them
contribute more to the growth and development
of our nation.
54. Let us continue our march to the future,
towards the attainment of our collective vision of
a strong, united, prosperous and harmonious
nation – a secure nation for us and for our
coming generations.
55. I wish you all a happy and fulfilling 2015.
56. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
57. Happy New Year, Nigeria!
58. I thank you all.

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