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President Muhammadu Buhari on
Sunday said the 2017 Appropriation Bill that he would present to the joint
session of the National Assembly on Wednesday would enhance economic
development.

Buhari said this in his Eid-el
Maulud message to Nigerians.

In the message which he personally
signed, the President said with collective dedication and hard work, Nigerians
would in 2017 overcome the economic difficulties, and return the country to the
path of prosperity.

He urged Nigerians not to allow the
reality of the temporary challenges to undermine their hope or reverse the
collective will to succeed.

Rather, he said the challenges
should remind them why they needed to remain united.

The President’s message read,
“Again, the calendar of life has brought us into another period of celebration,
and deep reflection. Celebration, because we are marking the birth of Prophet
Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him), and deep reflection, because it is another
opportunity of pausing, taking a deep breath and reflecting on the current realities
before us.

“First of all, I wish all Muslims a
happy and memorable celebration of the birth of the great Prophet, through
whose teachings, particularly on peaceful living, tolerance, sobriety,
generosity, sacrifice and honesty, and wisdom, the nation has gained immensely
in building a harmonious and prosperous society. The universal truths of the
Prophet’s values remain unchanged.

“Against all odds, we have used
these pillars of strength in securing a just and fair society, and our efforts
are beginning to yield dividends in curbing terrorism, militancy, corruption
and other crimes that devalue our humanity.

“As we use the memorable occasion
of this celebration to reflect on our current challenges, I urge you not to
lose faith in the ability of this administration to make a difference in the
lives of our people.

“The reality of the temporary
challenges should not undermine our hope, reverse our collective will to
succeed, or divide us; rather it should remind us of why we need to stay
together, fight together and succeed together.

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