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Mark To Buhari: Nigeria Needs Genuine Reconciliation

Posted: May 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Senate President, David Mark, has again taken stock of the unfolding political scenario in the country, submitting that, “what the nation need now is genuine reconciliation of all sections of the country and not otherwise.”

Mark therefore enjoined the in-coming Muhammadu Buhari administration to take as a priority genuine reconciliation of all Nigerians to assuage the feelings of some aggrieved persons.

Mark said despite different political affiliations on which public officers were elected, “what must be paramount is the service, welfare and security of Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, religious or political differences”.

Addressing the congregation at a thanksgiving mass ahead of the end of the 7th Senate at St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy, Apo, Abuja, on Friday May 9, 2015, Mark stressed the need to address the insecurity situation, especially in the North East zone ravaged by Boko Haram.

He advised public office seekers against desperation for power, saying “there is no need to be desperate for power, since power comes from God. Once we acknowledge this, we will not be at each other’s throat.”

Mark thanked the Almighty God for sustaining him throughout the eight years as Senate President.

He stated: “My 16 years in the Senate and eight years as the President of the Senate is the Lord’s doing, not by my own wisdom, power, intelligence or fame and influence.”

He specifically expressed appreciation to his colleagues in the Senate and by extension the House of Representatives for the support and cooperation, which he said, helped him to succeed as the President of the Senate.

Mark added: “It has been a unique opportunity to serve in a public office. If God has not permitted us, we could not have achieved the much we have done for the people and above all for God.”

Earlier in his homily, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, exhorted politicians to reduce the political tension in the country by avoiding the winner-takes-all syndrome.

Onaiyekan urged the Buhari administration to take the nation as his constituency and carry everybody along in the scheme of things, adding, “Mr. President-elect should see himself as the President of Nigeria and not of All Progressives Congress, (APC).”

He further admonished the in-coming administration to use its campaign mantra of change to reorientate and change the attitude of Nigerians for good.