Nigeria @ 60: Let’s build A Nation Of One People, One Destiny – Sen Mark

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BY YEMISI OKUNLOLA, Abuja 

Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has urged the political class to review critically the underlying concerns of Nigerians believed to be aggravating agitations, ethno-religious conflicts and insecurity in the country.

Such concerns he pointed out as restructuring, unemployment, income inequalities, imbalance in the distribution of social amenities, perceived marginalisation and inadequate infrastructures among others.

In his goodwill message to Nigerians to commemorate the nation’s 60th anniversary signed by his media aide, Mr Paul Mumeh on Wednesday, Senator Mark stressed that the road map to Nigeria’s development is to identify and genuinely address those ills militating against it.

“Until the issues agitating Nigerians are addressed in a manner that gives every citizen security and a sense of belonging, the quest for peace, unity and development may just be a mirage“, Senator Mark stated.

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Greater efforts, he stressed needs to be devoted towards bringing Nigeria back to the path of rectitude and sanity away from the wanton profligacy and impunity.

In spite of the challenges of our diversity, Senator Mark believes that “It is in our collective interests to support and remain steadfast to the cause of a united nation as our strength remains in our diversity”.

He canvassed for a united front between and amongst the people to tackle the challenges of sustained diversity and ethno-religious nation irrespective of creed or tribe adding that “the task of a greater Nigeria is a collective responsibility”.

Senator Mark therefore urged Nigerians to refrain from any tendency that is capable of pulling the nation apart stressing “whichever way, region, zone, tribe, Christianity or Islam, we all have comparative advantage for staying together”.

He said democracy must be nurtured and sustained pointing out that democratic processes may be slow but it remains the best and acceptable system of government that is not only participatory but gives every one a sense of belonging.

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