By Henry Umoru
ABUJA – SENATE President, David Mark, yesterday, reiterated that the state of insecurity in Nigeria, where members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect engaged in massive killing and destruction of property, was becoming worrisome and intolerable.
Mark, who charged security operatives to strengthen their strategies and brace up and address the security challenges facing the country, however, called on all Nigerians to see it as a collective challenge.
Speaking, yesterday, when he decorated Mr. Isah Usman, the police outrider in his office promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, Senator Mark said: “All security operatives must, as a matter of necessity, work hard and cooperate to ensure security of lives and property.
“It is your collective efforts that would guarantee the security of the nation. Once we can achieve security in the country, there would be peace and when there is peace, there will be progress and development. We need peaceful coexistence. We need the cooperation of all.”
Mark, who noted that promotion was both an incentive and recognition of hard work, reiterated the need for public officers to justify their positions by putting the nation and people first.
He also called on the citizenry to cooperate with the security operatives at this critical time. He described as unkind the attack on the Zaria country home of Vice President Namadi Sambo, and urged perpetrators of the attacks to have a rethink.
He sympathised with the Vice President on the attack and reminded all aggrieved citizens that the doors of the Federal Government were still open for dialogue.