Burundian president His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza has hailed the country’s defense and security forces in his message to celebrate his third anniversary of his re-election as the nation’s eighth president.
President Nkurunziza who has been President of Burundi since 2005 was on 24 July 2015 re-elected into office after garnering 69.41% of the vote.
Following his re-election, the country witnessed a number of protests by the opposition and an attempted coup led by Gen Godefroid Niyombareh who is said to have been financed by the neighboring Rwanda.
Nkurunziza in his message to the nation to mark his third anniversary of his re-election acknowledged that it is God who also allowed him to mark his anniversary of his victory in the elections that have endowed the country with democratic institutions that will guide it until 2020.
Pierre Nkurunziza reiterated gratitude to all the Burundians who voted for him and for showing wisdom in him to lead them again.
He said Burundians can now celebrate in a peaceful climate with guaranteed security and total tranquility in all corners of the country and going about their business freely.
“This success is due to the good practice of collaboration that characterizes the leaders in various sectors of the national life: the Defense and Security Forces, the justice, the local Administration and the population”. President Nkurunziza said.
He also thanked the friends of Burundi who contributed to Burundi achieving this level of development in the field of democracy.
The president explains that they helped him find appropriate solutions to the country’s political problems.
He recalled that he is committed to reconciling Burundians, promoting the values of love and complementarity, sharing, work, good behavior, mutual respect and ensuring that everyone eats the sweat of his forehead.
He says he wants Burundians to constantly meditate on national unity and behave accordingly and consider that Burundi is their homeland.
“Burundians must realize that they are masters of the destiny of their country” said the Head of State.
He also talked about the Moralization Campaign of the Society he initiated in Burundi over a period of three years on the theme: “Let’s meditate on our country, know where we come from and where we are going.”
The October 2011 Monaco Peace and Sports International organization award winner says its main objective to bring the Burundian population is to open their eyes, to see clearly, to avoid groping and to follow dead-end routes, avoid entering an unknown forest at the risk of meeting an unpleasant surprise.
“This Campaign of Discernment will undoubtedly give a boost to the process of Truth and Reconciliation for the Burundian people, without forgetting the implementation of the Local Solidarity policy whose first edition was a success” he said. .
Pierre Nkurunziza appealed to all Burundians, especially the administrative ones, in the institutions and in all sectors, to take appropriate measures for change.
“Among the decisions to be taken, there is one that concerns all without distinction. “Let us prepare and organize the 2020 elections ourselves and those that will follow without waiting for outside help,” he said.