President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his Christmas message to rejoice with Christians in Nigeria as they join fellow believers all over the world to celebrate this season.

Buhari while sending his message to Christians, emphasised the need for COVID-19 precautionary measures to be taken seriously. He urged Nigerians to embrace vaccination which he said is the best scientifically known fortification against the pandemic.

His Christmas message was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘President Buhari’s 2021 Christmas message’.

He said; “I rejoice with Christians in Nigeria as they join fellow believers all over the world to celebrate this season.

“It is a special period that brings peoples of the world together with one purpose; to celebrate togetherness, joy, peace, and above all, to share the love through the exchange of goodwill and gifts.

“For the second Christmas running, the world will not be able to celebrate as we used to in years past.

“The COVID-19 pandemic, with its attendant debilitating impact, has remained with mankind, mutating and leaving in its wake devastating consequences on the economy, social interaction, and curtailing certain freedoms.”

While stressing on the need for the virus to be taken seriously, Buhari made the call on Friday in his Christmas message, lamenting that for the second time in a row, the country would not be able to celebrate the season as “we used to in years past.”

Advised by the Presidential Steering Committee, he also urged those who had taken the two doses to take the booster.

Speaking further, he stated that the silver lining, however, is that humanity has been able to rise with one voice and purpose, to confront the foisted conditions.

He also appealed to Nigerians to embrace vaccination, which is the best scientifically known bulwark against the pandemic.

In his words, “Recent events have shown that vaccination greatly reduces the effects of the virus on the human body.

“I will also urge those that have taken the two doses to go ahead and take the booster as advised by the Presidential Steering Committee.”

He urged Nigerians to use the festive period to encourage each other so that the “machinations of the wicked ones in our midst will find no place to thrive.

“I urge Nigerians to invoke the indomitable spirit in us and see the present order of things as a phase that will also pass, just like other unsavoury situations in the nation’s history.”

Buhari also made comments concerning insecurity in the country, especially the spate of bandit attacks in the North and also a bomb explosion in Maiduguri ahead of his visit to Borno on Thursday, Buhari said, “On security, despite the remarkable successes generally recorded, we still have some challenges.

“Our courageous security forces, bolstered by the necessary support from this administration, daily confront the wicked ones amongst us, who continue to threaten the peace of the land.

“Recently, during the meeting with fellow Heads of State of the ECOWAS, I discussed the need to intensify efforts to jointly confront this menace causing instability in our sub-region.”

Buhari also said “all these issues which inflict pain and trauma on us will soon be history”, while expressing confidence in the renewed commitment and empowerment of the security personnel.

Buhari closing words, vowed that his regime will not abandon the promises made to Nigerians for a better lease of life, while sending final festive season message to Nigerians; stressing that they should encourage each other so that the “machinations of the wicked ones in the country will find no place to thrive.