Senate President, Mr. David Mark yesterday called on Nigerians to renew their faith in the unity of the nation despite the current wave of insecurity and socio-economic challenges.
The chairman of the National Assembly made this known at a church service which held at the St. Mulumba Chaplaincy, Apo, Abuja to mark his wife, Helen’s 64th birthday.
Mark enjoined Nigerians to remain steadfast and believe in the prospect of the country to overcome her challenges.
According to him: “We should continue to be our brothers’ keeper; we have gone this far and we should not wish away our strength of togetherness.
“God created us to be together as a nation. We are all made by God and we shall all stand before Him to give account of what we have done here on earth.
“So, as a people, we should learn to be tolerant and love one another.”
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, the Senate President also urged Nigerians to eschew violence in any form, saying, “no matter how aggrieved a man may be, resorting to violence will only escalate the situation.”
He praised the celebrant – his wife – Helen, for her virtues, saying she stood as a strong pillar behind him over the years.
The Senate President said: “We decided to celebrate her birthday with a Holy Mass in our church to thank God.
“She has been a strong pillar behind me all these years. She has been very supportive and an ideal help-mate.
“The truth is that, if there should be people to talk of God’s goodness, my family should be in the forefront. God has been so kind and faithful to us.”
In his homily, taken from the book of Colossians, Chapter 3 verse 12, Rev. Father Innocent Jooji urged the congregation to be thankful to God in all situations.
He noted that God is a compassionate God and wants humans to live together with a heart full of praise and tolerance.
The Catholic Priest canvassed for oneness and forgiveness among the brethren just as he stated that the best way to celebrate Mrs. Helen Mark’s birthday was through a Holy Mass.