It was gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday evening appealed to Nigerians to bear with his administration as he and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo begin the earnest work of reconstructing the country.
He says the appeal is necessary because of the collateral damage that had been done to the system before the new team comes on board.
Buhari made the appeal in his remarks at the inauguration gala night held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The event took place a few hours after he and Osinbajo took their oaths of office and oaths of allegiance before Nigerians at the Eagles Square, Abuja, where he promised to be the President of all.
The President said the enormous damage inflicted on the country could easily be appreciated by comparing the nation’s infrastructure in 1999 with what currently prevails.
“I ask Nigerians to please bear with us. A lot of damage has been done. You can look at our infrastructure in 1999 and now and you will appreciate this,” he said.
Buhari also regretted the high rate of unemployment among youths, who he said represented about 60 per cent of the country’s population.
The President said the nation was sitting on a keg of gun powder with the prevailing unpleasant situation.
He added that his administration would focus on agriculture and mining to engage some of the unemployed youths.
He asked Nigerians to pray for the country more than they are currently doing.
“Nigeria prays a lot; we need to even pray the more for luck so that the expectations our people have, especially the youth, would be met,” he said.
The President noted that if Nigeria was enmeshed in crisis, the backlash on neighbouring countries would be monumental.
He added, “Nigeria has to be well secured and efficiently managed; this is what the APC is all about.
“This was why the legacy parties made the sacrifice of jettisoning their personal ambitions, tried to come together and took the bull by the horn and therefore brought it down and slaughtered it literally.’’
He said the new party in power had realised its problems and made the sacrifice.
Buhari added that his administration would articulate the nation’s requirements after studying the handover notes from the past administration and consult the immediate neighbours, Europe and US to help the nation.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar described Nigeria and democracy as the winners of the last general elections.
“Democracy is the winner and Nigeria is the winner.
“I congratulate all who made the election possible. I also congratulate former President Goodluck Jonathan for deepening democracy,’’ he said.