Personal ambitions of public officials threaten Nigeria’s unity, peace- David Mark

Senator David Mark

The 7th Senate marked the end of its second session.

The Senate President, David Mark, has warned political leaders to desist from destroying the unity and peace of the nation in their quest for political offices.

Mr. Mark gave the warning in Abuja on Thursday in an address to mark the end of the second session of the 7th Senate.

He noted that political office holders had abandoned their responsibilities of providing good governance and democratic dividends to the people in pursuit of their political ambitions. He advised politicians to focus on promoting national unity rather than allowing personal interest to distract them from the act of governance.

“Over-heating the polity is unnecessary, diversionary, divisive, destructive, unhelpful and unpatriotic.

“Elections are two clear years away. Yet, the collision of vaulting personal ambitions is over-heating the polity and distracting the onerous task of governance.

“With so much work yet to be done, we, as elected officials, should focus on governance and justify our present mandates.

“Those beating the drums of war should realise that no nation can survive two civil wars in one lifetime,” he said.

He warned those fanning embers of disharmony to cease from such acts bearing in mind that the nation was greater than the sum total of its components.

On the emergency rule in some parts of the North East, Mark urged the Federal Government to complement military action by addressing the socioeconomic problems facing those areas.

He said the government should embark on a campaign to win the cooperation of the residents of the affected states to discourage them from working for the terrorists. He said the federal and state governments should create appropriate socioeconomic interventions to modernise and expand the economies of the Northern States to reduce poverty.

“The bigger challenge is to win the hearts and minds of the locals from whom the fanatics recruit their foot soldiers.

“To win hearts and reshape attitudes, we must identify and address the root causes of this extremism and sectarian hate.

“These socioeconomic interventions should constitute the core of a coherent national counter-terrorism policy that offers both the carrot and the stick,” he said.

The senate president called on the Federal Government to ensure proper funding of the military operations to bring the campaign to a quick and logical end.

(NAN)


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  • Abubakar N Babajo Zaria

    D senate president has stated d obvious;sir,u should proffer likely solution 2 our predicament n work assidiously in salvagin our dear country frm total collapse;noting is working in Nig due 2 d self centeredness of our elected officials n d elites!

  • Salisu Dan-Gombe

    You can’t take it away from him; Senator David Mark has done very, very well in politics and in political leadership despite his military background. He has displayed so much maturity and wisdom in the performance of his national duties and responsibilities especially in the handling of sensitive matters of utmost national importance. Take it from me, David Mark is the only viable 2015 Presidential candidate in the North; but we have made up our minds. Long live Goodluck Jonathan/Namadi Sambo – 2015

    • Dave

      Yeah! Mark has done very well in looting our treasury dry with his gang of heartless pen robbers, thereby sending a lot of Nigerians to their early graves. So he deserves an award of being SELECTED the president of your village. Ass licker!!!!

      • Mani_Kay

        Sorry @Dave: It appears you are missing things up here. David Mark is not involved in leading your so called gang of pen robbers. It is Demeji Bankole ably assisted by Hon Aminu Tabuwaal that led and are still leading (thru Hon. Aminu Tamnuwaal) gangs of pen robbers to loot our treasury from the House of Representatives arm of the National Assembly.

    • Ajantala

      Funny you actually believe you “dominate” other ethnic groups. With the degree of un-imaginable backwardness one sees in the northern axis, you have to cover you face in shame. It is true the very few cabals in the north have used poor souls like you to retain power to themselves. BUT thank God the northern poor have seen the façade.

  • Mani_Kay

    You can’t take it away from him; Senator David Mark has done very, very well in politics and in political leadership despite his military background. He has displayed so much maturity and wisdom in the performance of his national duties and responsibilities especially in the handling of sensitive matters of utmost national importance. Take it from me, David Mark is the only viable 2015 Presidential candidate in the North; but we have alraedy made up our minds. Long live Goodluck Jonathan/Namadi Sambo – 2015

  • Ette

    Tell Mark to reduce his bogus pay packet which they corruptly allocate to themselves. Tell him look at the president and tell him that in democracy rights and views of people are respected. Tell him that it is righteousness that brings progress and corruption is a reproach. Tell him to openly declare his assets and follow him to do so rather than grandstanding. Let us know how much you were worth at the time you became and an elected officer and now. You are are wickedly corrupt in the face of abject poverty pervading the land. May God raise a standard against all of you in the wicked party called PDP. God bless Nigeria.

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