President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has prevailed on victims of the Agatu/Fulani clash in Benue state not to resort to vengeance or reprisal attacks as government is capable of addressing the matter.
Senator Mark said both the state and federal authorities are concerned about the clash and have deployed security operatives to contain the situation.
Addressing constituency members at Ogwule-Ankpa in Agatu local government area of Benue State when visited the war ravaged communities , Senator Mark lamented over the crisis that have claimed 17 lives, seven persons missing, several others hospitalized and over 50 houses burnt.
” I can feel your pains and agonies. It is a disturbing situation. But vengeance or reprisal attack is not the answer. It is the primary responsibility of government to protect the citizenry. Government would reinforce security in this environment So that you can return to your homes and go about your legitimate businesses”, Senator Mark assured.
The President of the Senate who was accompanied to the on the visit by House of Representatives’ member representing Apa/Agatu federal constituency Adamu Ochepo Entonu told the people not to take laws into their hands as every thing would be done to bring justice and peace.
Senator Mark called for synergy between and among Benue, Kogi and Nasarawa state governments to provide security in boundary communities to check the incursions by mercenaries who were allegedly hired to cause the may helm.
Leaders of the community; Salihu Musa Adoba, Onehi Joseph and Sule Aguma narrated their ordeals in the hands of their attackers alleging that the invaders came in the wee hours and started killing people while asleep and burning their houses(since October 13, 2013).
They alleged that the herdsmen asked them to vacate their farm lands and homes to enable them graze their cows even though they (Agatu people) freely accommodated them for decades.
They pleaded with the state and federal governments to help them with relief materials and provide adequate security to enable them go back to normal lives and return their children back to schools shut down since the crises erupted.
… Praises Golden Eaglets
Senate President David Mark yesterday showered encomium on the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria for their superlative performance against their Mexican counterparts in their opening game in the 2013 FIFA under 17 World Cup championship in the United Arab Emirate.
An excited Senator Mark noted that with the outstanding performance of the Eaglets and the impressive performance of the Super Eagles so far, Nigeria is gradually stamping her authority in the international soccer arena .
Expectedly, he charged the Eaglets and their officials to remain focussed, maintain team spirit and determined to win the championship.
The Senate President assured them that all Nigerians are behind them in prayer saying that government recognizes the importance of the championship and will do its own part in terms of adequate welfare for them.
He also commended the Aminu Maigari led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for good organization so far.
…Condoles Senator Ayogu Eze over mum’s death
President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has sent a message of condolence to the chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Senator Ayogu Eze over the death of his mother, Lady Paulina Eze in Enugu State.
Senator Mark in the condolence message to the bereaved family, the government and people of Enugu State described late Mrs. Eze as a virtuous woman who was morally upright and a committed community leader.
He pointed out that late Mrs. Eze was a woman of very outstanding qualities whose goodwill and humanitarian gestures cut across ethnic and religious boundaries saying that her good attributes manifested in exemplary conducts of her children in their respective fields of endeavour.
Senator Mark noted that late Mrs. Eze would be remembered for her relentless efforts at developing her community and environs as well as promoting peace and unity in the state.
He urged the bereaved family to sustain and build upon the good legacies of their matriarch as an avenue towards immortalizing her.
Senator Mark implored them to take solace in the fact that their late mother lived an exemplary live worthy of emulation.
Mark bids uncle farewell in Otukpo
President of the Senate, Senator David Mark at the weekend paid last respect to his departed uncle, ACP Adagbo Adode in Otobi, Otukpo local government area of Benue state.
Senator Mark at the funeral service described his late maternal uncle who died at the age of 82 as a fulfilled man .
He said late Adode was a dedicated servant of God, a community leader and a man of goodwill whose legacy would linger.
Senator Mark therefore told the people to immortalize late Adode by upholding his virtues of honesty, hard work and good neighborliness.
In his homily at the Norcross Methodist Cathedral, Otukpo, Diocesan Bishop, Most Rev. Sunday Idoko noted that late Adode lived a peaceful and caring life that touched the people around him positively.
Idoko reminded Nigerians of the need to live in peace with each other saying that” we have more to gain by being our brothers’ keeper at all times.”
Wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Helen Mark, interior Minister Abba Moro, House of Representatives Members from Benue State; Adamu Entonu, Samson Okwu, Hassan Sale, Ezeikel Adaji and wife of the Deputy Governor of the State Mrs. Margaret Lawani were among those who attended the funeral service.