Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark and Catholic Bishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onayekan, yesterday called for peace and forgiveness between and among Nigerians, saying those are needed panacea for good neighbourliness.
Both leaders spoke at the 2015 Christmas Carol at St Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy, Apo in Abuja.
Cardinal Onayekan called for an end to terrorism ravaging some parts of Nigeria, saying that “these battles are needless. We need to understand ourselves and live harmoniously as a people under one universal God.”
The Catholic Priest urged all those aggrieved or offended, especially by the ravaging insurgents, to have the heart to forgive “because there is no proper peace without forgiveness.
“ We don’t need these wars. We need peace and unity among us. No matter the amount of grievances, we should follow proper channels to resolve and reconcile with each other. We should forgive each other and look up to the future with great hope and optimism.”
On his part, Senator Mark urged Nigerians to imbibe the teachings of Christ which harps on peace, love, reconciliation, mercy and forgiveness.
“The lesson of Christmas is very unique; it preaches love, peace and forgiveness. No matter how much we are wronged or offended, we must strive to forgive even our enemies completely.”
On his forthcoming rerun election for Benue South Senatorial zone, Senator Mark called for prayer and God’s guidance for a successful exercise just as he charged his constituents to be steadfast no matter the provocation.

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