Mark urges Nige­ri­ans to es­chew sec­tar­ian sen­ti­ment

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - POLITICS -

IM­ME­DI­ATE past Pres­i­dent of the Sen­ate, Mr. David Mark has warned Nige­ri­ans against al­low­ing their tribal and sec­tar­ian con­sid­er­a­tions to be­cloud their sense of na­tion­al­ism.

Mark, who is rep­re­sent­ing Benue South said it is im­por­tant Nige­ri­ans change their at­ti­tude to one an­other oth­er­wise the coun­try would never progress.

Mark, while mark­ing his 70 years birth­day in Abuja over the week­end, said a Nige­ria where ev­ery one is free to live and pur­sue their le­git­i­mate am­bi­tion in any part of the coun­try with­out fear of in­tim­i­da­tion or mo­lesta­tion is pos­si­ble “if we see our­selves as brothers and sis­ters.” Tak­ing a cur­sory es­ti­ma­tion of the state of the na­tion com­pared with what it was in the past, the for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Sen­ate said, “When I was grow­ing up, I made friends across board de­void of eth­nic­ity, tribe or re­li­gion. And we saw our­selves as brothers and sis­ters with a com­mon destiny. But what we see to­day is a cele- bra­tion of eth­nic or re­li­gious champions in our na­tional life.”

The for­mer Mil­i­tary Ad­min­is­tra­tor of Niger State and one-time Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion lamented that this is not the Nige­ria of our dream, say­ing it is im­por­tant to re-ori­en­tate our peo­ple in or­der to re­verse the trend for good. Ac­cord­ing to him, “We must see our­selves as one peo­ple with a com­mon destiny and pur­pose.”


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