President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has urged the victims of bomb attacks in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano and Taraba states to avoid a recourse to vengeance as enunciated in the teachings of the various religions.
“I want to urge all the victims of these blasts, including their relations, to pray to God to touch the hearts of the perpetrators of these violent acts. They should not think or contemplate vengeance because vengeance belongs to God.
“We must continue to pray for peace and unity of our country and pray for the leadership of the nation,” the Senate President told the leadership of Benue State who paid him a courtesy visit at his Apo Mansion residence .
He called on Nigerians who have grievances against the Federal Government, “to come together and dialogue instead of throwing bombs around and killing their fellow Nigerians,” adding that, those perpetrating these acts should have a rethink in the corporate interest of the nation.
Describing the visit of Benue leaders as “humbling,” Senator Mark said the support he has received from his home since he assumed the office of the President of the Senate has always inspired him in the conduct of the activities of the National Assembly.
“The support I have always received from Benue has kept me going as am always conscious of the fact that i am the Ambassador of Benue state,” he stressed.
The Leader of the Benue delegation and Deputy Governor of the State, Chief Steve Lawani, said the team was in Abuja “to express our open support to you (Senator Mark) for the good work you are doing as the presiding officer of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Continuing, Chief Lawani said “the people of Benue state are very, very proud of you. You have been able to stabilize the polity of Nigeria since you became the Senate President through your ingenuity, resilience and superlative handling of the National Assembly.”