Immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark took stock of Nigeria's chequered economic and Socio-political history since independence and submitted that in spite of the bottlenecks, the nation is destined for greatness.
To achieve greatness however, Senator Mark canvassed for policy consistency saying that development in the country has been largely encumbered by inconsistencies in policy formulation and implementation.
Senator Mark recalled the ill-fated 30 months old Nigeria/Biafra fratricidal civil strife , the intermittent ethno-religious conflicts, the Boko Haram insurgency as well as the emergence of militant groups and canvassed for greater commitment and unity against all forms of violence and criminality in the land.
According to Senator Mark: "if Nigeria has gone through all these travails and remain one indivisible country, there is indeed no challenge we cannot overcome if we jettison our differences and come together as one people with a common destiny and mission.”
Senator Mark also appealed to those behind the current wave of insurgencies and militancy to have a rethink "because there is no other country they can call theirs if they destroy Nigeria. Whatever grievances or misgivings, resorting to violence is not an option because we have various organs or channels established to seek redress .
Lamenting the negative consequences of the security challenges in the country, Senator Mark said, "We have more reasons and gains to live together in peace than otherwise. No nation achieves greatness by incessant violence and infighting. We are not only wasting the lives of our compatriots but also destroying our commonwealth as a nation, because we are deploying our scarce national resources in fighting insurgents and militants instead of on developmental projects.
"Indeed, this is not the way to go. We have had enough of violence and bloodletting. It is time for us all to renew our bond of brotherhood and live harmoniously. We must all accept the challenge to chart a new course and make Nigeria a better place. Happily, democracy, which we all accept as the best form of government, offers opportunities for everyone to realize his or her potential because it is participatory and representative",
On the present economic recession, Senator Mark urged Nigerians not to despair but called on the Federal Government to look inwards for solution by, among others things, explore opportunities in local industries, manufacturing and Agriculture, with incentives for them to thrive.
He reasoned that such would create wealth by boosting investments and employments in critical sectors of the economy as well as ensure food security in the land.
Senator Mark however, called on Nigerians to continue to pray for the nation and remain optimistic that Nigeria would come out of its challenges a united, stronger and more prosperous nation.
He wished Nigerians a happy Independence Anniversary.
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