In a goodwill message to Nigerians to mark this year’s Democracy Day, Mark noted that, irrespective of some shortcomings, Nigerians have by choice and design accepted the democratic culture.
The Senate president was of the view that Nigeria as a nation had overcome the teething problem of democracy and was prepared to march forward.
Mark said: “We had the initial birth pain of this democratic arrangement. Fourteen years after, I can submit that we have matured; we are consolidating and moving on.
“Differences of political affiliation or religion notwithstanding, no Nigerian can deny the fact that democracy is now the way of life.”
Mark assured that the Senate and indeed the National Assembly will continue to lay a solid democratic framework for the executive to deliver the dividends of democracy to the citizenry.
“We shall continue to cooperate with the executive arm of government without compromising on our independence.
“We are mindful of the fact that we must maintain mutual cooperation for effective delivery of dividends of democracy. We shall do our part honestly, fairly and with the fear of God.”
He stressed that the Legislative arm of government would not compromise its constitutional mandate on oversight function and legislation to make life much better for the ordinary man.