Democracy Day: We’ve experienced rough times — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday his administration in the last three years administration had experienced rough times.

He, however, said through good governance, he had not allowed the challenges to overwhelm him.

Buhari spoke in Abuja at the 2018 Democracy Day Lecture organised to mark the third anniversary of his administration.

A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, delivered the lecture titled “Peace-building and good governance for sustainable development in Nigeria.”

“We have experienced rough times, but through good governance, we have not allowed ourselves to be overawed by the existing challenges.

“Weak governance is often at the core of rising inequality and unequal development resulting in social disruption and political unrest with negative impacts on growth and development,” the President told the gathering that included President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

Buhari said his administration had engaged in several rounds of dialogue and town hall meetings targeted at peace-building between the aggrieved and in some cases warring factions and communities.

The President added, “Our resolve to fight corruption was informed by the realisation that reducing corruption and ensuring the effective and just utilisation of public resources are crucial for achieving sustainable growth and development in Nigeria.

“Corruption has been at the root of most of the development challenges of our country. There can be no progress in any facet of our national life unless we tackle and curb corruption.”

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