President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said Nigerians cannot completely attribute the state of affairs of the country to their leaders alone, as they share a part of the responsibility.
Buhari said the desired change in the country must start with individuals.
The president said this in an address he delivered at the graduation of Senior Course 40 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State.
A copy of the speech was made available to journalists in Abuja by the Presidency.
Buhari said, “The change we desire in Nigeria actually starts with us as individuals.
“In Nigeria, there is the tendency to lay the blame for the state of affairs in the country on the doorsteps of the leaders alone.
“Yes, leaders have a major role to play in providing direction and the enabling environment. However, the citizens’ role is also vital in our attaining meaningful transformation of any society.”The president assured Nigerians of his administration’s efforts to return the country to the path of peace and prosperity.
He told the graduating officers to realise that the nation had invested a lot in their training and expects the best from them in terms of commitment to their fatherland.
“The highest standard of competence and professionalism is expected of you considering the level of training you have received through this course.
“Go out there and make your honest contributions to the discharge of the constitutional responsibilities of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and be good ambassadors of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College,” the president said.