Former Senate President, David Mark and former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu have urged citizens to consciously imbibe the culture of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence in order to actualise development for the good of all.
This was even as they also called on Nigerians to unite in love, peace and with every sense of justice and sacrifice as exemplified by Jesus Christ so as to effectively address Nigeria’s mounting challenges.
Mark, in a statement issued by his media aide, Paul Mumeh, in Abuja, said religion should ordinarily be the elixir for peace, good neighbourliness and development rather than the later day version.
“It is time for all men and women of good conscience to rise up and make a positive difference in our country.”
Similarly, Ekweremadu in a statement issued by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, in Abuja, regretted that the country had seriously retrogressed because love had waxed cold, while injustice was palpable, thereby resulting in bad blood, disunity, and incompetence even in the most critical matters that affect the nation.
“There was sacrifice as symbolised by Good Friday before there was ever a resurrection as represented by Easter.
“Therefore, at Easter, we are reminded by the sacrifice of Christ, who paid the supreme price for the salvation of mankind that we can actually take Nigeria back to the pinnacle of glory if we sacrifice ethno-religious and numerous other narrow interests for the collective good and progress of the country,” Ekweremadu said.