Former Senate President, Senator David Mark, has urged Nigerians to leverage the 2023 general elections to elect credible leaders that would get the country out of the woods.
Mark, in a goodwill message by his media adviser, Paul Mumeh, on the occasion of Nigeria’s 62 Independence Anniversary, said the myriad of socio-economic and political challenges facing the nation are surmountable if Nigerians work together.
For him, the 2023 elections present another opportunity to take stock of the journey so far with a view to righting the wrongs of the past through the ballot boxes.
He urged Nigerians of voting age to participate in the electoral process, believing that with the improved electioneering arrangement, all votes would count and results reflect the wishes of the people.
The former Senate helmsman, however, cautioned desperate political office seekers to avoid resorting to emotional fault-lines like religious or ethnic considerations in order to gain an advantage over opponents, pointing out that such politicians are liabilities, who have nothing to offer.
“We should avoid such mundane issues that tend to be an impediment to our peace and unity. At 62, Nigeria cannot be said to be a toddler anymore. We must, therefore, rise above primordial sentiments and live up to our billings as the giant of Africa,” Senator Mark stressed.
He recalled the nation’s chequered socio-economic and political challenges including the Nigeria/Biafra fratricidal war fought with blood and bitterness as well as occasional ethno-religious conflicts and submitted that it is time to heal the wounds, forgive each other and move forward.
Senator Mark lamented that the challenges facing the nation have been further aggravated by the unabating activities of bandits and terrorists. He, therefore, canvassed that the security situation is given priority attention to halting the menace of criminals.
He wishes Nigerians a happy and peaceful independence anniversary.
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