2015: Senate warns against overheating polity

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By HENRY UMORU & JOSEPH ERUNKE

ABUJA—AHEAD of 2015 general elections, the Senate Thursday raised alarm that politicians with selfish and unpatriotic zeal were over-heating the polity.

Consequently, it warned that unless elected representatives did away with personal interest, the country’s quest for sustenance of its unity might be shattered.

The upper chamber said the collision of vaulting personal ambitions was unnecessarily over-heating the polity and distracting the onerous task of governance, saying with so much work to be done, elected officials should focus on governance and justify their present mandates.

Senate President, David Mark, who stated this while presenting the “end of the 2nd session of the 7th Senate Appraisal”, said “overheating the polity is unnecessary, diversionary, divisive, destructive, unhelpful and unpatriotic.”

Senator Mark warned those beating the drums of war to have a rethink, noting that no nation could survive two civil wars in a lifetime.

He said:  “Into this vitriolic mix is being thrown a spate of mindless and distempered effusions that add no value whatsoever to the quest for national cohesion and development.

“Those beating the drums of war should realise that no nation can survive two civil wars in one lifetime. These trends must stop and we must all remember that the nation is greater than the sum total of its parts.”

“Elections are two clear years away. Yet the collision of vaulting personal ambition is overheating the polity and distracting the onerous task of governance.

“With so much work yet to be done, we as elected official, should focus on governance and justify our present mandates. Overheating the polity is unnecessary, diversionary, divisive, destructive, unhelpful and unpatriotic.”

Commenting on the state of emergency recently declared on three states in the Northeastern part of the country by President Goodluck Jonathan, the Senate President applauded the decision.

He said it was a deliberate measure to save the nation from the grips of those he referred to as insurgents and advised that it should not be misconstrued to imply that Nigerian soldiers were at war with affected states and Islamic religion.

Instead, he said the nation was at war with Boko Haram and its terrorist network.

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