As people celebrated the new year with prayers, parties and fireworks, many African leaders took to social media to share their congratulations and also share their plans for the year ahead.
Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta reminded the citizens of the achievements of his government in his first term of office and committed to do even more in his next term starting with 2018.
2018 New Year Message to the nation https://t.co/4gIoFiYsBd
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) December 31, 2017
For Uganda, President Museveni’s message was about apreciating to the age limit amendment legislators and conducting a lesson in ideology for all opposed to his government’s policies.
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) January 1, 2018
Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari acknowledged the fuel scarcity crisis that rocked his country, and then went on to explain that his government is focusing on addressing the ‘huge infrastructural deficit’.
Good morning. And I wish everyone a Happy New Year.#PMBNewYearSpeech
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) January 1, 2018
Burkina Faso’s Roch Kabore used the new year address to announce major projects the government will be embarking on including a reform of the renumeration system for civil servants.
— Roch M. C. KABORE (@rochkaborepf) December 31, 2017
Elsewhere in the world, leaders addressed their nations including French president Emmanuel Macron who thanked his nation for entrusting him with the mandate.
Je vous présente tous mes vœux pour 2018. pic.twitter.com/QCRFHdmA5w
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) December 31, 2017
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, and much faster than anyone thought possible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2017
"I know that whatever challenges we face, we will overcome them as one proud union of nations and people. I hope that 2018 is a great year for you and your family – and I wish everyone a very happy New Year.” – Prime Minister Theresa May pic.twitter.com/pA3CHmpBDE
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) December 31, 2017