By Emmanuel Ogala:
Acting President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has urged Nigerians to serve God and humanity selflessly, while promoting unity and peace across the country.
In his goodwill message to the nation at Easter, Mr Jonathan asked Nigerians to pursue reconciliation and forgiveness, put the past behind them and forge ahead towards a bright new dawn.
“We must dedicate ourselves to the service of our country, continuing in love for one another even as Christ loved us. We must resolve to do what is right at all times, and uphold the virtues that strengthen our bond as a nation”.
He therefore urged Nigerians to use the period for spiritual rejuvenation, and rededicate themselves to the service of God and humanity.
The president of the Senate, David Mark, on Thursday urged Nigerians not to allow recent challenges to shake their faith and loyalty to the country.
Rather than lose faith, Mr. Mark said, Nigerians should renew their faith in one indivisible and indissoluble corporate existence of Nigeria and work towards making the country a great place.
In a goodwill message to Nigerians to mark this year’s Easter celebration, Mr. Mark said the challenges facing the nation especially the outbreak of fresh ethno-religious conflicts in some parts of Nigeria were surmountable. He expressed optimism that Nigerians can always overcome any challenge and resolve their differences amicably.
“All we need is sincerity of purpose and commitment to brotherhood,” Mr. Mark said, reiterating the need for religious leaders to preach tolerance, love, piety and peaceful co-existence as an antidote to the incessant crises.
Actualising its mandate He said the National Assembly will be alive to its constitutional duties by laying a solid framework for the government to actualise its mandate to the people.
“The passage of the amendment of the 1999 Constitution and the electoral reform bill are clear manifestations that the Senate is making progress in the interest of the nation,” he said. “We are very confident that the forthcoming general elections in 2011 would benefit from the constitution amendment and the electoral reform bill so that those encumbrances that bedevilled the system in the past would not resurface.” Play by the rules Mr. Mark also advised had some advice for politicians. “It is only then that all parties would feel assured and comfortable with the outcome of elections,” he said. ““It is when we all operate within the ambits of the law that our democracy will be strengthened where human rights and sustainable development would be guaranteed.” The Senate president expressed the confidence that the present leadership at the executive and legislative arms of government have demonstrated political will and readiness to get it right this time and urged the citizenry to demonstrate loyalty and cooperation with the government in the task ahead.
“Nobody will come from the space to develop our country for us,” he said.
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