Senate President David Mark
Dele Ogbodo in Abuja
Senate President David Mark Thursday advocated for the creation of more states in the federation, adding that he had never kicked against the creation of additional states when the need arises.
Mark disclosed this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Information, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, when the people of Ebonyi Central Senatorial District, led by Senator Paulinus Igwe, paid him a Christmas visit in his country home in Otukpo, Benue State.
He also reiterated his earlier call for the creation of roles for traditional rulers in the 1999 Constitution.
“The traditional rulers are the custodians of peaceful coexistence in our various local communities. We must therefore confer on them Constitutional powers that would enable them to perform the roles of ensuring peace in the communities,” Mark stated.
Underscoring his support for creation of additional states, Mark noted that those canvassing against states creation have based their argument on viability.
“The argument of those oppose to state creation is based on whether existing states are viable or not. But they forget that a State might be unviable just because the administrator is ingenious with internal revenue generation or the people are not united and the administrator has to spend the available resources on achieving peace. I am for the creation of Apa State and any other State that may fit the conditions,” he said.
He called on the people of Ebonyi State, especially those in the Central part of the state to forgive one another and live in harmony, according to the message preached on the birth of Jesus Christ.
He said: “The people of Ebonyi Central have not had the best of peace in recent time. But Christmas is about living together in harmony and in peace.”
Mark noted that the central message of Christianity centred on forgiveness, stressing that unless Nigerians genuinely forgive one another, we cannot be a good Christian.
“It is not easy to forgive, particularly in situation where lives have been taken. But, Jesus Christ birth brought peace, the type that has not been known in the world before his coming. And He came and preaches forgiveness. We must therefore as Christians who are supposed to be Christ like forgive each other. I therefore appeal to you to also appeal to those who are at home to allow peace to reign.
“In this new year, we must make a resolution for peace to reign in Ebonyi Central. I am willing to work to achieve this peace. If all leaders would make themselves available to work for peace in the little community, we will soon have peace as a nation,” Mark said.