President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has pleaded with the International Community to show understanding to the peculiarity of the Nigerian problems and help her out rather than wishing her away.
Senator Mark said when the Australian Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Jonathan Richardson paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja that In spite of the challenges, Nigerians have resolved to stay together as one united country.
He said:”We admit that we have challenges especially insecurity, we are making serious efforts to solve them. They are not insurmountable. All we need is cooperation and understanding of the international community instead of otherwise.
” The National Assembly will do anything through legislation to bring the matter under control as quickly as possible. As you are aware, the government has set up amnesty committee working out a blue print on how to end the crisis.”
Senator Mark added that serious efforts are currently being made to improve the economy of the nation so that our people can be gainfully employed.
He noted that Nigeria has had a long bilateral relationship with Australia and would want the relationship strengthened for the good of the citizens of both nations.
One way of strengthening the relationship, Senator remarked is the exchange programmes between the parliaments of both countries in order to have common legislation for the good of all.
Earlier, the Australian Ambassador to Nigeria, said one of his mission is build on the new relationship between the two countries that would be mutually beneficial.