As Nigeria celebrates her 52 independence anniversary in a low key manner to reflect on the mood of the nation, Senate President, Davif Mark has counselled Nigerians that only their resolve and willingness to confront various challenges facing the nation headlong would get Nigeria out of the woods.
Senator Mark in his goodwill message to Nigerians marking the nation’s 52nd Independence anniversary maintained that Nigerians have the capacity to solve their problems.
“Nobody is coming from the moon or the space to solve our problems for us. The challenge is that we must put behind us such mundane issues as ethnic or religious differences and come together as one people to tackle our problems”, he stated.
He catalogued the myriads of challenges of nation building since independence and submitted “if we look inwards and do the right things in conformity with our laws and customs, we can adequately find solutions to our problems.
“God has blessed the nation with enough human and material resources, we have all it takes to have truly attain our giant status economically and politically, all we need do is to harness our resources and potentials for good”.
Senator Mark noted with pains the continuous destruction of lives and property largely perpetrated by the Boko haram sect, ethnic militias and kidnappers, saying “these were hitherto alien to us. It is a challenge we must resolve to end.
“We need each other. I am very convinced that with the cooperation of all, we can end the menace and make our country a better place.
“For us as legislators, we will continue to be guided by the wishes and aspirations of the citizenry. We will legislate on what makes for the good of the nation at all times. We shall be fair, honest and objective on all matters affecting our citizens”.
On the review of the constitution, Senator Mark expressed optimism that the exercise would be holistic and targeted at addressing all grey areas and imbalances in the nation state so that no citizen, group or section would feel oppressed or marginalized any more.
He promised that the National Assembly will cooperate with the executive arm of government by laying an effective and result – oriented legislative frame work for service delivery to the people, but would not compromise its oversight functions in the spirit of the checks and balances.
Senator Mark pledged a responsible legislature that is accountable to the people at all times but requested that the citizens themselves should show understanding and engage more on constructive criticisms rather than pull him down syndrome.
To state governments and corporate organizations, the senate president suggested that people should focus on areas where they have comparative advantages, “so that we can all contribute our quota and make our country the eldorado of dreams”.