Acceptance Speech as Acting
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
By His Excellency Goodluck
March 9, 2010
1. As we all know, our dear President, His
Excellency, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, has been receiving treatment in Saudi
Arabia for some time now. Naturally, his absence from the country
generated considerable interest and a heated national debate.
2. Today, the National Assembly passed a resolution
mandating me to
act as President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria. In following the extant provisions of the 1999
constitution to arrive at this decision, the leadership and members of
the National Assembly have shown great courage, statesmanship and
patriotism. I salute them all.
3. In the same vein, I will like to commend all the
actors and national leaders, particularly the former Heads of State,
Elder Statesmen, Governors of the 36 States and other leaders of
political groups, civil society organizations, the media, and indeed
all Nigerians, for their invaluable contributions and counsel. Our
security services also deserve our special commendation for their
loyalty and devotion to duty during this trying period.
4. The circumstances in which I find myself assuming
office today as
Acting President of our country are uncommon, sober and reflective.
More than ever therefore, I urge all Nigerians as a people of faith in
God, to pray fervently for the full recovery of our dear President and
his early return.
5. The events of the recent past have put to the
collective resolve as a democratic nation. I am delighted to note that
our nation has demonstrated resilience and unity of purpose. Today
affords us time to reconnect with ourselves and overcome any
suspicions, hurts and doubts, which had occurred. In all these, there
are no winners and no losers, because by the Grace of God we have once
again succeeded in moving our country forward. We have all shown that
our unity as a people, our love for this country, and our hope for its
great future cannot be shaken.
6. It is now time for us to move on in a more
determined manner to
tackle the various challenges which we face as a nation. Our march
towards Vision 20-2020 is irreversible. Therefore, we see a need to
prioritise on a few of the most critical areas which continue to plague
our effort at engendering meaningful economic growth and development.
Some of these critical sectors include power, infrastructure, security,
generation of employment and business opportunities for our teeming
young men and women.
7. The Federal Government will take every step
consolidate the gains of Amnesty in the Niger Delta and execute the
post-Amnesty programme. I therefore appeal to all concerned to be
patient, as there can be no meaningful development without peace and
8. As regards the Jos crisis, government will
endeavour to sustain
the peace and find a lasting solution to the recurring crisis in
Plateau State . In the meantime, culprits of the heinous crimes
committed in the recent incident will face the full weight of the law.
I want to restate that government will not tolerate the culture of
impunity that is fast becoming an unwelcome part of our socio-political
9. Our commitment to ensuring the security of lives
and property in
all parts of the country will also be pursued with renewed zeal. The
Nigeria Police and other security services would be given new impetus
to perform their duties, even while respecting the human rights of
Nigerians. They are fully expected to produce corresponding results.
There shall be no excuses for failure. Nigerians deserve to be fully
protected at all times nationwide.
10. One of the cardinal commitments of this administration
commitment to Good Governance, Accountability and Transparency. We
shall continue to pursue these policy objectives with all the
seriousness they deserve. In particular, the war against corruption
will be prosecuted more robustly. We will therefore strengthen
capacity of the anti-corruption agencies and give them a free hand to
prosecute the anti corruption war.
11. Let me once again commend the people of Anambra State ,
successful conduct of the recent gubernatorial election. This has shown
that Nigerians can conduct free, fair and credible elections. The
Anambra Election has however exposed some weaknesses in our electoral
system, and government is determined to plug these loop holes as we
approach the next General Elections in 2011. I want to reassure all
Nigerians and our friends around the world, that our determination to
ensure that the sanctity of the electoral rights of our people shall
not be compromised.
12. Let me on behalf of the Nigerian people appreciate the
international community for their goodwill and understanding in our
efforts at national development and consolidation of our democracy.
Nigeria will continue to play a deserving role in regional and global
13. On a personal note, I am deeply humbled and honoured by
great call to duty. I am fully aware of the responsibilities reposed in
me, and I want to reassure all Nigerians that this is a sacred trust,
which I shall discharge to my fullest abilities.
14. Thank you and may God bless the Federal Republic of