Reconcile aggrieved Nigerians, Mark tells Buhari
Reconcile aggrieved Nigerians, Mark tells
The Senate President, David Mark, has
urged the president-elect, Muhammadu
Buhari, to launch a reconciliation initiative
to appease the feelings of some aggrieved
persons across the country.
Mark made the remark during a
Thanksgiving mass ahead of the end of the
7th senate at St. Mulumba Catholic
Chaplaincy, Apo, Abuja on Thursday.
According his a press statement, which was
released by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul
Mumeh, he said “What the nation needs
now is genuine reconciliation of all sections
of the country and not otherwise.
“What must be paramount is the service,
welfare and security of Nigerians
irrespective of ethnic, religious or political
Mr. Mark also said the insecurity situation
needed to be addressed especially in the
North East zone, were Boko Haram has
He also advised public office seekers against
desperation for power.
“There is no need to be desperate for power,
since power comes from God,” he said.
“Once we acknowledge this, we will not be
at each other’s throat.”
Mr. Mark gave credit to Almighty God for
sustaining him throughout his eight years
as President of the Senate.
“My 16 years in the Senate and eight years
as the President of the Senate is the Lord’s
doing, not by my own wisdom, power,
intelligence or fame and influence,” he said.
“It has been a unique opportunity to serve
in a public office.
“If God had not permitted us, we could not
have achieved the much we have done for
the people and above all for God.”
He thanked his colleagues in the Senate and
House of Representatives for their support
and cooperation, which he said helped him
to succeed as the President of the Senate.
Meanwhiile, the Catholic Archbishop of
Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan had earlier
counselled politicians to reduce the political
tension in the country by avoiding the
Mr. Onaiyekan also urged Mr. Buhari’s in-
coming administration to take the nation as
his constituency and carry everybody along
in the scheme of things.
“Mr. President- Elect should see himself as
the president of Nigeria and not of All
Progressives Congress,” he said.