President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted what he described as “the indefatigable Can Do Spirit’’ of Nigerians, which they have been exhibiting during difficult times in the last two years.
He said such virtue had so far made it possible for the nation to survive as one geopolitical entity in spite of a good number of testy challenges that would have destroyed other nations
The president made his feelings known during a nationwide broadcast in commemoration of the 2021 Democracy Day in Abuja on Saturday, June 12.
Buhari, however, noted with concern that some of the challenges came in the shape of violent outrages leading to the loss of lives of many citizens and the destruction of some of the nation’s infrastructure, including those devoted to improving our democratic processes.
1st News reports that one of such violent outrages was the #Endsars protests where six soldiers and several policemen were killed.
Many other policemen were injured; vehicles were destroyed; 134 police stations were burnt down; 57 civilians were killed.
The president, therefore, rendered sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the gallant servicemen and women; who lost their lives in the line of duty and as a sacrifice to keep Nigeria safe.
“In the last two years, we have witnessed and overcome a good number of testy challenges; that would have destroyed other nations especially relating to our collective security.
“The indefatigable CAN DO Spirit of the Nigerian has sustained us; and would keep pushing us to put these challenges behind us.
“Unfortunately some of these challenges came in the shape of violent outrages; leading to the loss of lives of many of our dear compatriots and the destruction of some of our infrastructure; including those devoted to improving our democratic processes.
“Once again, I want to render my sincere and heart-felt condolences to the families and friends of our gallant servicemen; and women who lost their lives in the line of duty; and as a sacrifice to keep Nigeria safe.
“I extend the same condolence to the families and friends of our countrymen, women, and children; who were unfortunate victims of such senseless arsons, kidnappings, and murders,’’ he said.