At Christmas, Buhari Appeals to Nigerians to Get Vaccinated against COVID-19
President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with Nigerian Christians as they celebrate Christmas with a plea to all citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 pandemic.
He also assured the citizens that his six and a half years administration will fulfil all the promises made to Nigerians before the government terminates in 17 months’ time.
The president, in a special Christmas message personally issued by him, noted that despite some security skirmishes across the country, the military is doing all its possible best to tackle the security menace facing the country.
On COVID-19, President Buhari emphasised that for the second Christmas running, the world will not be able to celebrate as it used to in years past.
He said: “The COVID-19 pandemic, with its attendant debilitating impact, has remained with mankind, mutating and leaving in its wake devastating consequences on the economy, social interaction and curtailing certain freedoms.
“The silver lining, however, is that humanity has been able to rise up with one voice and purpose, to confront the foisted conditions.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to our dear citizens to embrace vaccination, which is the best scientifically known bulwark against the pandemic.
“Recent events have shown that vaccination greatly reduces the effects of the virus on the human body.
“I will also urge those that have taken the two doses to go ahead and take the booster as advised by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC).
“I commend the efforts of members of the PSC under the headship of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as they continue to chart a roadmap out of the pandemic and associated issues.”
On the issue of security, the president stressed that despite the remarkable successes generally recorded, the nation still has some challenges to contend with.
According to him, “Our courageous security forces, bolstered by the necessary support from this administration, daily confront the wicked ones amongst us, who continue to threaten the peace of the land.
“Recently, during the meeting with fellow Heads of State of the ECOWAS, I discussed the need to intensify efforts to jointly confront this menace causing instability in our sub-region.
“I am confident that with the renewed commitment and empowerment of our committed security personnel, all these issues which inflict pain and trauma on us will soon be history.”
President Buhari further stated inter alia:
“Let us utilize the opportunity that this festive period brings to encourage ourselves so that the machinations of the wicked ones in our midst will find no place to thrive.