Saraki, Mark, Ek­w­ere­madu preach unity, na­tional re­birth

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Se­na­tor Bukola Saraki, his pre­de­ces­sor, Se­na­tor David Mark and Deputy Se­nate pres­i­dent, Se­na­tor Ike Ek­w­ere­madu, have urged Nige­ri­ans ir­re­spec­tive of creed and tribe to con­tinue to work for the peace, unity and sta­bil­ity of the country.

In their sep­a­rate an­niver­sary mes­sages, the three law­mak­ers said with unity and peace, the country would ad­vance for the ben­e­fit of all.

Saraki, in his mes­sage signed by his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia and Public­ity, Yusuph Olaniy­onu, also urged lead­ers - po­lit­i­cal, traditional, re­li­gious and business - to close ranks in or­der to ini­ti­ate and im­ple­ment ideas and strate­gies that would fur­ther de­velop the country and in­crease the stan­dard of liv­ing of the cit­i­zenry.

Saraki said that the task for a greater Nigeria, is a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery ci­ti­zen, just as he en­joined ev­ery ci­ti­zen to be­lieve in the pro­ject, Nigeria and pray for peace and progress of the country.

“It is ap­par­ent that the need for peace, unity and sta­bil­ity in our na­tion can­not be com­pro­mised. Our to­geth­er­ness, abun­dant re­sources and di­ver­sity are our great­est as­set. There­fore let us re­frain from ten­den­cies that tend to pull us apart”, Saraki stated.

Mark on his part, called for a re­nais­sance spirit among Nige­ri­ans as a panacea to the cur­rent so­cioe­co­nomic and po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges.

Se­na­tor Mark ac­knowl­edged that Nige­ri­ans are pass­ing through dif­fi­cult times but urged the cit­i­zenry not to de­spair but to re-en­act the in­domitable spirit that has seen them through var­i­ous tra­vails in the past. Signed by Paul Mumeh, Mark in the mes­sage, en­joined Nige­ri­ans to shun mun­dane is­sues such as eth­nic­ity or re­li­gious dif­fer­ences that tend to cre­ate dishar­mony.

Se­na­tor Mark stated: “We can sur­mount our chal­lenges if we col­lab­o­rate and con­front them in a more de­ter­mined, fo­cused and hon­est man­ner.

“I be­lieve that God kept us as one un­der a united country for good rea­sons. We may have our dif­fer­ences or dis­agree­ments, but that must not sur­pass or out­weigh the huge ben­e­fits of stay­ing to­gether”.

For him, both the gov­ern­ment and the gov­erned must take de­lib­er­ate steps to present is­sues on the table an­chored on equity, fair­ness, jus­tice and re­spect for one an­other.

On his part, Ek­w­ere­madu urged Nige­ri­ans to be pa­tient and op­ti­mistic, as the country would surely over­come her chal­lenges.

Ek­w­ere­madu, in a statement signed by his me­dia aide, Uche Anichukwu, said that al­though Nigeria was be­dev­illed by a myr­iad of chal­lenges, with a pos­i­tive mind­set and lead­er­ship, the country would spring back to reck­on­ing as a true gi­ant of Africa and re­alise the dreams of the found­ing fa­thers.

The law­maker said: “I am an op­ti­mist. As a mat­ter of prin­ci­ple, I pre­fer to see the pos­i­tive side of life with­out also over­look­ing the prob­lems. At 57, we have no doubt had our chal­lenges as a na­tion, but we have also made progress. We sur­vived a civil war to re­main one country.

“The important thing also is that Nigeria re­mains a na­tion with un­beat­able po­ten­tials. All we need is the right at­ti­tude and lead­er­ship to trans­late our po­ten­tials to great­ness”.

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