Monday, 12 September 2016

Eid el-Kabir: David Mark Seek Peace, Economic Recovery

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his predecessor, David Mark, yesterday urged Muslims in the country to pray for peace and accelerated economic recovery as they celebrate this year’s Eid el-Kabir. Saraki in his message signed by his Special Adviser, (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, urged Nigerians to remain steadfast and committed to one united and fast developing country.

He observed that despite the current economic challenges, the country and its people had all that was required to come out better and stronger.

He called on Nigerians to live in harmony with one another irrespective of ethnic or religious affiliations, adding that the significance of the Eid el-Kabir festival was the celebration of true love and grace of Almighty Allah to mankind through sacrifice, devotion and faith.

“Truly, times are tough, but we are a tough people too. Therefore, I have no doubt that we shall overcome our present economic setback sooner than anticipated if we all commit to the ideals of nation building.

“I also enjoin every one of us to contribute in strengthening the bond of unity and oneness that exists among us. This, I believe, will spur us to avoid negative tendencies that could derail our efforts at ensuring faster economic revival and socio-political stability,” he said.

David Mark urged Nigerians to renew their indomitable spirit and rise up to the current socio-political challenges and economic recession.

Mark in a statement signed by his media aide, Paul Mumeh, said, “We cannot afford to give in to failure on account of economic recession.

The only option we have is to evolve strategies to overcome the odds. “No one can pretend or shy away from the realties on ground that our country is facing hard times. What is required now is to confront the challenges honestly and genuinely. One of the ways to face the task may of a necessity require government to take a hard look at its policies and programs and possibly review them in tandem with the present circumstances.”

Senator Mark expressed the belief that Nigeria had a reservoir of intellectuals and renowned economists who can be engaged to fashion out a blue print that is needed to get Nigeria out of the present economic quagmire.

He reminded the present administration that such experts must not necessarily be in government or be members of the ruling party to answer the call for national duty, especially in the task of salvaging the nation.

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