President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has harped on the need to collectively create an atmosphere for dialogue, reconciliation, understanding and forgiveness as the panacea towards stamping out violence crimes bedeviling our society.
“I will not relent in my call that violence must be stamped out of our society. I strongly condemn the senseless killings of our people especially innocent children and women by violent groups.
” I find it extremely difficult to understand why this violent groups would invade schools and opened fire on innocent and defenseless students. This is unpardonable and clearly unacceptable,” Senator Mark stated.
In his message to Nigerians to commence this year’s Lenten season at St. Mulumba’s Catholic Chaplaincy, Apo, Abuja,today, Senator Mark hopes that the forthcoming National Conference would carefully study and make concrete recommendations to the government and indeed the people of Nigeria so as to find lasting solutions to these burning issues.
Senator Mark reminded politicians ahead of the 2015 election campaigns to practice politics without bitterness saying that decency is required in our polity.
He cautioned: ” Campaign rallies must not be turned into battle grounds but rather, opportunities to articulate our programmmes. We are to tell our people what we have done and what we intend to do for them. We should be sincere and honest about it.”
Senator Mark prayed that Nigerians should use the period of lent to fast, pray and be generous with the less privileged in order to make the society a better place.
On his part, he promised that works or legislation by the National Assembly would always be guided by the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry, adding ” our legislations would always be people oriented.”
In his sermon, Priest of the St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy Rev. Fr. Innocent Jooji told the congregation that Lent is a period of hope and spiritual renewal.
According to Jooji ” the focus of lent is on the opportunities of deepening our relationship with God and our fellow human beings , irrespective of creed, social, cultural, economic and political affiliation.
In their separate remarks, Interior Minister, Abba Morro and Director- General National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mike Omeri urged Nigerians to reflect on the significance of the Lenten Season, forgive one another and join hands with government to find solution to the lingering security challenges believed to being fueled by Boko Haram insurgents.