By our reporter
President Muhammadu Buhari today showered praises on Abuja residents, calling them his benevolent landlords.
He made the declaration while delivering his 2022 Christmas message to Nigerians, his last in office as president.
Rejoicing with the Christian brethren at Christmas, the president said: ‘’ “For me and my family, this year’s celebration is unique. It is my last as your elected President. Twenty-two weeks from now, this administration will hand over to another.
“In the last seven years, I have had the privilege of receiving members of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) community on Christmas homage, except the year the COVID-19 pandemic denied us that opportunity. I will fondly remember them as my benevolent landlords and friendly neighbours.
“It is crucial that I remember this about my closest neighbours because there is no better way for us to celebrate Christmas as a people than showing genuine love, care, compassion and empathy for one another.’’
President Buhari extolled the merits of the season, saying it, among others, symbolizes hope.
His words: ‘’ “We must never lose sight of the symbiotic relationship between Christmas and hope; Jesus Christ and humility, Christianity and grace. In this season of love, joy and peace, let us not fail to remember those who really wish to celebrate but are constrained in one way or the other by reaching out to them.
“Together we can make this celebration a spectacular one by renewing our pledge and common resolve to work for the unity and prosperity of our dear country.’’
He warned trouble-makers against moves to disrupt the 2023 general elections, saying they would be shooting themselves in the foot.
Peace, the president promised, would be made to flow abundantly nationwide during the polls.
Reeling out some of his administration’s accomplishments, President Buhari noted that advances have been made ‘’on the economic front especially in infrastructure; food security, anti-corruption, security, energy sufficiency, among others.’’