President Muhammadu Buhari has said that change is not measured by economic or social progress, but by the personal behaviour of citizens. He added that before Nigerians demand to see the changes he promised them during the 2015 election, they must first change their own attitude by shunning corruption and other social vices.
The president said this while speaking during the launch of the change campaign tagged “Change Begins With Me”, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, September 8.
“Our citizens must realise that the change they want to see begins with them, and that personal and social reforms are not a theoretic exercise. If you have not seen the change in you, you cannot see it in others or even the larger society.
“In other words, before you ask ‘Where is the change they promised us?’, you must first ask, ‘How far have I changed my ways? What have I done to be part of the change for the greater good of society?”
Acknowledging that Nigeria is currently passing through a challenging period where hardly anything works normally as a result of the complete breakdown of the nation’s core values over the years, Buhari lamented that honesty, hard work and godliness had given way to all kinds of manifestations of lawlessness and degeneration in our national life.
This, according to the president, is the reason why the present administration have among our cardinal objectives ‘change’, which he said, implies a change of attitude and mindset in our everyday life.
The President said his government had not done badly in the anti-corruption fight, adding that the change campaign was a way of getting Nigerians to join in the struggle.
“The change campaign we are about to launch today is all about the need for us to see change, not merely in terms of our economic, social progress but in terms of our personal behaviour on how we conduct ourselves, engage our neighbours, friends and generally how we relate with the larger society in a positive and definitive way and manner that promotes our common good and common destiny, change at home, change in work place, change at traffic junction, change at traffic lights, etc.”
President Buhari went on to say that the social value system of the nation had been eroded over the years hence, the encouragement of impunity and corruption in the public sector which ultimately led to the current economic recession.