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Senate President Bukola Saraki

By Andah John with agency report

Senate president Bukola Saraki believes Nigeria’s ailing economy would recover in 2017, making the year better for all Nigerians.

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Saraki commended Nigerians for their  resilience in the face of difficulties, adding that the nation’s challenges are surmountable.

The Senate president, who delivered his New Year’s message in a statement, then urged Nigerians to remain hopeful in spite of the current hardship.

“It is a thing of joy to celebrate the New Year in an atmosphere of peace and security.

“ For one thing, the people of the North East and other Nigerians are celebrating without fear of attacks from insurgents or other criminal elements.

“This was made possible by the determination of the present administration to effectively secure the country and ensure peace, which is key for any development.

“I believe that by working collectively in the New Year we will be able to right the wrongs of the past and ensure renewed economic, social and political development of our dear country’’, he said.

Nigeria’s number three citizen also called for strengthening of the capacity of entrepreneurs to produce local content while urging Nigerians to always patronise locally made goods.

He further expressed the commitment of the legislature to collaborate with the executive in the new year to advance policies and programmes that would end the economic recession.