FORMER Senate president, Senator David Mark has urged Nigerians to renew their indomitable spirit and rise up to the current socio-Political challenges and economic recession. Senator Mark in a goodwill message to Nigerians marking this year’s Eid-el- Kabir 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.” Bad as the situation is, Senator Mark reasoned that the difficulties had their positive sides, as it demanded the citizens’ creativity to think outside the box for survival. Mark, however, tasked the government to lead the way by creating an enabling environment for citizens to pursue and realize their ambitions unhindered. He stated: “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 it in tandem with the present circumstances. The former Senate president believes that Nigeria has a reservoir of intellectuals and renowned economists who could be engaged to fashion out a blue print that is needed to get the nation out of the quagmires. He reminded the present administration that such experts must not necessarily be in government or members of the party in government to answer the call for national duty, especially in the task of salvaging the nation. This is not an issue of political allegiance or loyalty. This is the struggle to save our nation. In this battle to salvage Nigeria from economic woes, every one must be his brother’s keeper,” he sai. He stressed: “This is a war against hunger, disease and squalor. It demands the input of all, irrespective of religious or political affiliations. It’s a war that must be collectively fought for our survival.”
Mark further canvassed for religious tolerance among various adherents, saying “we have more to gain by cooperating and living in harmony with each other than otherwise


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