Senate President, David Mark, has charged Nigerians, irrespective of tribe or religion, to rise up in defence of the country’s heritage and destiny, by resisting the plans by the Boko Haram insurgents to destabilise the country.
In a goodwill message yesterday, to Nigerians to mark this year’s Christmas celebration, Mark noted that only peace, respect for one another and harmonious coexistence would guarantee the needed development and unity of the country.
In the statement, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Mark also called for peace and religious tolerance between and among different faiths in Nigeria.
This he said is the needed elixir for all Nigerians to think and act like one people under one God where peace and love for one another reigns.
He bemoaned the unabated insecurity; terrorism and insurgency ravaging Nigeria and pleaded with religious leaders and traditional rulers to collaborate with government at all levels in order to end the menace.
“We have come to an inescapable conclusion that only Nigerians and Nigerians alone can collectively address our problems. We should be able to restore the time tested believe in African brotherhood of being our brothers’ keeper.
“We have no reason to resort to these unnecessary wars, bitterness and hate. God almighty did not make mistake in putting us; different tribes and tongues together.
“We must, as civilised beings, learn to put our differences aside in a manner that gives us respect and dignity. All efforts should ordinarily be channeled towards development like the rest of the developed nations.
On this note, he urged the insurgents to give peace a chance, adding that no matter their grievances, they should by now realise that any matter that cannot be resolved on the dialogue table cannot be addressed through the barrels of the gun or bomb blasts.
In a related development, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has called for peace, love, and an immediate end to insurgency and bloodshed in the country.
In his Christmas goodwill message to Nigerians, Ekweremadu said Jesus Christ came so that humanity might have life in abundance, pointing out that the season of Christmas presents Nigerians, with yet another golden opportunity to make peace, show love, and work together as one people to overcome the challenges of insurgency, terrorism, and violent crimes.
“The characters behind the heinous onslaughts against our nation neither spare churches nor mosques, Christians nor Muslims. We must therefore all stand together in defence of our collective innocence as well as our cultural and religious values that treasure human life and dignity.”
While cautioning against the politicisation of the war against terror, the Deputy President of the Senate, called on Nigerian Christians to also use the season’s opportunity to pray for peace and the end to insurgency noting that “nothing is beyond God”. “At Christmas, let us stand together in prayer for the nation and total support for the efforts of the Federal Government to end the mindless bloodshed irrespective of our religious and political inclinations”, he added.