Independence:  Don’t Despair in Midst of Economic Challenges, Mark Urges Nigerians

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Senator David Mark

By  Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja

A former President of the Senate and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Senator David Mark, has urged Nigerians not to despair in the midst of socio-economic and political challenges.
Mark, in a goodwill message to Nigerians marking this year’s Independence anniversary, implored Nigerians not to lose faith in the project Nigeria, stressing that there would be light at the end of the tunnel.

The former Senate president, in a statement on Monday by his Media Aide, Mr. Paul Mumeh, said that such challenges should rather be the needed elixir to bring out the best in all Nigerians to salvage the situation.

Mark noted that Nigeria has passed through trying times including the ill-fated civil strife and a number of ethno-religious conflicts in the past, saying that such travails should serve as useful lessons to guide us alright.

He stated: “We have encountered so many challenges in our journey to nationhood. No doubt, it has been a torturous one. But we must not give in to such challenges. All we need to do is to properly harness our human and material resources for the benefit of all citizens.”

On the forthcoming general election, he urged politicians and their supporters to play the game according to the rules, adding that what is paramount is the preservation and survival of the country.

“It is my wish to be president of a united and indivisible Nigeria where every citizen has equal right and opportunity to pursue his or her legitimate ambition unhindered,” he said.