President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has for the umpteenth time urged Nigerians to strive to do only those things that can unite the country even as he craves for an egalitarian nation of equal opportunities where no man is denied or oppressed.
Speaking at the 53rd independence church service at the St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy, Apo , Abuja today, Senator Mark reflected on the journey so far and harped on the need for love and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
“We also ask God to give us a glorious future. A nation where no one is oppressed. Where those in positions of authority will do it to the best of their abilities and with the fear of God”, he stated.
He noted that very often Nigerians craves for positions but sometimes undermines the huge responsibility of service to the people saying ” we must strive to work for the people and make progress as a nation”.
He reminded Nigerians especially those in positions of leadership that leadership is a divine mandate that demands humility, service to God and society and not in the reverse order.
Senator Mark condemned in a very strong terms the perpetrators of violence in the country saying “these heartless and mindless killings are disheartening and inhuman. It cannot be a way of life”.
In a manner akin to calling for a psychiatric test for perpetrators of violence he stressed:” Both those who are perpetrating it and all those behind it need to re-exam themselves . They are insane and truly abnormal.
“As we mark the nation’s 53rd independence, we pray for peace, unity and love among Nigerians”.
Earlier in his homily, Parish Priest, Rev. Father Innocent Jooji, noted that Nigeria is a divine project and must not in any circumstances be destroyed .
Fr. Jooji prayed that God touches the hearts of the perpetrators of all kinds of violence and asked those fanning the embers of war or disunity to make u – turn .
He hoped that God in His infinite mercies redeem Nigeria from the clutches of evil men, enthrone good governance and make the economy prosperous to the benefit of the people.