By Ehi Ekhator
Mark said this in a New Year Message in Abuja through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan.
He advised politicians to uphold the fundamental rights of citizens as its boldly written in the constitution, and respect the rule of law at all times.
He said “For me, I crave for a country where every citizen is a stakeholder, where there is justice, peace, equal opportunities and where no one is oppressed or marginalised.
‘Since we got it right in 1999, we must not in any way do anything that would take the nation back to the dark days again.
“After all, God did not make mistake in keeping us together,” the statement said.
The Senate President praised Nigerians for their perseverance, resilience and total commitment to the ideals of nationhood in spite of the daunting challenges facing the nation.
He also praised the “indomitable” spirit of the citizens and urged them to continue to work assiduously for the peace and unity of the country.
“I do not know of any other country that is so blessed with human and natural resources.
“All we need do, therefore, is to honestly harness these resources for the good of all,” Mark said.
He contended that the challenges facing the nation were surmountable because other developed nations at various times overcame similar difficulties to evolve into greatness.
“The only difference is that the people resolved to identify the problem and proffered a common solution.
“This is what we need in our own case, to reason together like one people and to solve our problems like one people’’, he added.
He assured that the National Assembly would continue to focus on legislative actions geared toward promoting the welfare and interest of Nigerians.
Mark pledged sustained cooperation of the legislature with other arms of government to ensure speedy passage of the 2014 Appropriation Act.