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Mark pleads with Boko Haram to end war

Senate President David Mark on Friday lamented fresh attacks of Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri, capital of Bornu State and pleaded with the insurgents unleashing terror on helpless and defenceless citizens to end the hostilities.

Mark who spoke against the fresh onslaught of the insurgents on Maiduguri on Friday, reminded them that violence or crime anywhere in the World, cannot produce good result.

The senate president in a statement in Abuja by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Paul Mumeh, said “no matter the amount of anger in a man’s mind, resorting to violence or killing another cannot be a solution.”

He said, “There are many channels of communication to dialogue. We can still come to a dialogue table and resolve our differences.

“The spate of attacks and killings across Nigeria is becoming intolerable and indeed unbearable. The situation is degenerating. We cannot pretend not to know that the nation is endangered. We must all speak out with one voice against this growing terrorism.

“For whatever reason, let wise counsel prevail. We are not at war with each other. Nigeria and indeed Africans are known to be their brothers’ keeper.

“This time tested position should not be compromised. Let’s respect human life. It is not too late to reverse this ugly situation especially in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Katsina and Benue states.”

He, however implored the security operatives across the country to remain vigilant and determined to protect lives and properties even as he urged citizens to cooperate with them.

Meanwhile, the Senate President has sent a message of condolence to the Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo on the demise of its former President Ambassador, Ralph Uweche.

Mark described Uweche as an Ambassador per excellence and a bridge builder who worked for the peace and unity of Nigeria. He said Uweche left a positive footprint on the sand of time.

He said, “We shall miss his frank and honest disposition especially on national issues. He was a great patriot who believed in the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria. May his soul rest in peace.”

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