Boko Haram has declared war on Nigeria — Mark

Former Senate President, Senator David Mark

Nigeria’s Senate President, David Mark, on Wednesday condemned the killing of 47 students in a government secondary school in Yobe on Monday.

In a speech, Mr. Mark said Boko Haram has declared war on Nigeria and appealed to the insurgents to refrain from attacking innocent citizens.

“Clearly, Boko Haram has declared war on this country and we must fight with all our efforts. We cannot allow this to continue any longer,” Mr. Mark said.

Mr. Mark sympathized with the people and government of Yobe state and all the school children in Nigeria.
After his speech, the senate observed a moment of silence for the slain students.

Meanwhile, the senate passed a bill titled: An act to establish the National Commission for Conciliation and Arbitration, National Labour Council, the office of the Registrar of Trade Unions etc to administer the provisions of labour laws in Nigeria and other matters connected therewith, 2014, through a second hearing.

The bill seeks to provide for the establishment of the National Commission for conciliation and arbitration, National Labour Council and the office of the registrar of trade unions to administer labour laws in Nigeria.

The bill was sponsored by the senate leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba.

The bill was read for the first time on March 1, 2012.

Mr. Ndoma-Egba urged his colleagues to support the bill for “the reposition of labour related dispute resolution mechanism in the country”.

The deputy majority leader, Abdul Ningi, said the bill seeks to achieve proper labour demarcation. He also said the bill should be seen as a ticket to bring sanity to labour.

Most of the lawmakers supported the bill.

It was referred to the committee on labour to be returned in four weeks.


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  • Chris1408

    Hmmmm Mark just woke up from his slumber. YES Mark, Boko Haram flag is flying over Nigeria and capturing territories.

    • Kamal Kamoru

      Yet your brother Tambuwal is still slumbering and running from his own shadow.

    • Ide4u

      I use to think that GEJ is the only one who has been sleeping. Mark just proved me wrong?

  • Robert Johnson

    I think it’s dawn on him they might be coming for him and his family soon. I thought it’s only the poor that will continue to die as a result of BokoHaram. Time will tell

  • Marquis de Gorgonzola

    Comments of a statesman by David Mark. I salute the maturity of the Senate under David Mark. This is particularly heartwarming, considering the way Tambuwal hurriedly shutdown the lower house and took to his heels..at this critical period of the year when the budget should be given priority. Anyone who believes their lame excuse of ‘budget oversight’ needs to urgently have his/her cranium checked!

    • tsunami1earthquake

      But the courts are not helping matters either. I believe the courts are meddling in the House of Reps palaver; court rulings must be done in a way that respects the overall interest of the society.

  • kitunde

    Really? You don’t say…After 20,000 Nigerians dead…..These Politicians are they for real?.He is pleading with terrorists.

  • Truthometer

    David Mark is a jerk! His party, PDP, brought these calamities upon Nigeria.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Had it taken David Mark, a retired military general, this long to realize that Boko Haram was at war with Nigeria? I wonder what these people learned when they were in the military.

    • Tonnero

      Former CP Alozie Ogugbuaja said it and was “deported” to a smaller job in a remote location: drinking pepper soup at mammy markets, chasing women and plotting the next coup.

  • Otile

    Dauda Mark finally woke up from coma to find out that he made a fatal mistake by allowing Yerima to tamper with Nigerian legal system when the place sharia over Nigerian Law. The fat cock has come home to roost.

    • Tonnero

      This has nothing to do with Sharia even though I find some of the punishments under sharia quite against the times. Terrorist organisations like this rear their heads sharia or no sharia. It is not the first time Islamic extremist will seek to impose their view of the world on the rest of us by violence. In all of those times, it was not sharia just like Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab, Islamic Jihad, ISIS are not fighting because they now have sharia. What they all have in common are extremist views, lack of respect for other views and a willingness to use violence to get their way.

      • Ahmed Pam

        While the islamic extremism in the rest of the world is fueled by hate for Israel, US and the west. In Nigeria, it was born as a result of an enthronement of the sharia legal practice. That singular move emboldened them. They grew and started to partner with their kit and kin from elsewhere. That tiny loophole soon became a pothole that is now a gully.

        We have no template for dealing with this sort of terrorism as of yet. Worse is the lack of unity the Boko Haram insurgency has brought with it. Because Christians have been the largest victims and most targeted in the attacks, Muslims sort of developed an indifference / passive support for it. The APC (a predominantly muslim party) will dance out to accuse the president whenever there is an attack. We are at war, Boko Haram vs Nigerian Christians.

  • Joe

    David Mark, you will be serious when BH hit national assembly. Its better you guys fight boko now before campaign period, because one of the things boko is against was democracy. So prepare for the worst mr. Mark.

  • PeterPaul1

    Little by little, these terrorists are heading to Abuja. Lord have mercy.

    • BABAZARIA

      FROM THE WAY AND MANNER THESE ATTACKS ARE HAPPENING; AND THE SILENCE ABOUT INVOLVEMENT OF ALI MODU SHERRIFF WITH THE BH; AS WELL AS SILENCE ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS MADE BY MURTALA NYAKO AND MUTINOUS NIGERIAN SOLDIERS BECAUSE ON THE HELICOPTERS DROPPING FOOD AND OTHER ESSENTIALS FOR THE BH MEMBERS, CAN WE SAY IT BH DECLARING WAR ON NIGERIA OR SOME OTHER INTERESTS???

  • tundemash

    No Mr. Mark, Boko Haram is only playing ludo with Nigeria.
    Bunch of d@ft idi0ts just realising this is war after 20,000 lives and billions of defence money stolen over 5 years !

    • True Nigerian

      And he is also “appealing” to the merciless and conscienceless enemies to spare civillians. You see, boko haram didn’t finish Nigeria today. Boko haram finished Nigeria on the day we started feeling comfortable with the idea of having people like Mark, IBB, Obasanjo and Jonathan as leaders.

  • OMOLOYIN

    Some people can really be funny, someone is just saying Boko Haram has declared war on Nigeria?
    #Jonathanmustgo

    • Ide4u

      That is how pathetic our leaders are!! #PresidentBuhari2015

  • Alhassan

    You can only mourn nothing else, this people you are taking the life of Nigerians for granted soon this things will fall on you. Few weeks Senator was attacked on his way from Abuja to Kano i would like to tell you this is the beginning. Your convoy will one day be attack mark my word. I cannot emerging what you people are thinking selfish and self centered. #AntiNigeriaMostgo

  • kobomoje

    Papa Mark is just waking from his stupor to realise that the house is burning all around him.

  • Mohammed Alimu Mohammed

    Did this man just wake up from a coma? No wonder Nigeria is struck in one place. Arrested development by retarded politicians.

  • G4

    David Mark again, always pleading…. please don’t kill our people, please don’t steal our pensions, please please please. Is that his job, or isn’t it his job to find out why these things are happening and to make sure the perpetuators are punished with lethal force.

  • G4

    Its funny when he is about to plead as he is always doing he shifts his head to one side just like it is in the picture of this article.

  • Sir Nicholas

    YES IT’S WAR – TIME FOR NIGERIA TO FULLY MOBILISE FOR WAR – EXPAND AND TRAIN THE ARMY AND FIGHT THE WAR PROPERLY- GET YOUR WEAPONS FROM RUSSIA DON’T WAIT FOR THE U.S

  • Jide

    Nigeria is a very funny country, corrupt and incompetent politicians all over, so is just dawn on our Senate President now ,that boko haram has declared war on Nigeria ? Wonders shall never end.

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  • Who will then prosecute the APC electoral frauds with 4 million underage voters that installed the fraudsters. We’ll welcome this persecution.

    • Igwe

      Welcome whatever the devil it is you want to welcome. Just as long as you keep your ignorance and stupid1ty to yourself! Okponu!

  • gboyegaa

    A good piece as usual.
    A good example is Rod Blagojevich, a serving Governor of Illinois in USA was impeached and jailed for corruption. Why should immunity stop us from jailing rogue politicians?