My congratulations to all the new ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Today, you begin the hard work to help President Buhari deliver on the promise of change he has committed to.
The challenges before you are enormous. People's expectations are very high and expectedly so. The people's hope is hinged on the change our party promised. You are now the foot soldiers of that change.
You have to be creative, proactive and bold. You are men and women of talent and experience of the moment and are lucky to be chosen. After the luck comes work. It is a new dawn for our country. Virtually every facet of our national life needs urgent attention.
After the devastating effects of the mismanagement by the previous administration on our economy and the psyche of Nigerians, you have been selected to help bring Nigeria back from the brink. Your assignment will not be easy. You bear the responsibility to move Nigeria forward into the rank of developed nations.
Let me share with you the words of Aneesh Chopra from his book "Innovative State". His words resonate for you all today: "This is about creating an Innovative State. A government for the 21st Century. One that engages its diverse society, encourages participation and creates a partnership towards problem solving".
I leave you with these words and congratulate you once more.