The Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate and Senator representing Edo North, Senator Francis Alimikhena has called on Nigerians to join faith in praying for ailing Presidient Muhammadu Buhari for the quick recovery of his health. He also appealed to every Nigerian to Exercise restraint in their death wish and inflammatory statements which is capable of plunging the country into further crisis.
According to him, some inflammatory statement and death wish by some desperate Nigerians to score political and personal points, are capable of threatening the peace and unity of the nation. Nigeria is one and what binds us together is stronger than whatever interest targeted at dividing us. As Nigerians it behooves us to pursue activities that will promote peaceful coexistence and avoid the on-going drum beat of destruction and chanting of war song which has created religious and ethnic tension in various part of the nation.
In his Eid-el Fitri message by his personal Assistant Benjamim Atu, Senator Akimikhena tasked Muslim faithful to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan in all their daily activities and join effort in the continue political and religious stability of Nigeria. He maintained that the Nigerian Senate will continue to make laws that will promote our oneness, peace and ensure the unity of the nation as one. We are stronger collectively and the national interest is more paramount than any sectional or parochial interest.
The Deputy Chief Whip further appealed to political leaders to stop the promotion of conflict as shadow sponsors. What we stand to lose at the advanced stage of conflict is more devastating than whatever gains we anticipate. All hands must be on deck to keep Nigeria as one entity. Our elder Statesmen, religious, and traditional institution have the task of cautioning their downline across various ethnic groups to stop their continued agitation for a break.
While thanking the Acting President for his peaceful moves and town hall meetings with various ethnic groups, Senator Alimikhena lamented the determination of some individuals in pulling the nation back to its dark ages. He said our founding Fathers had reasons to have divided the nation but decided to remain as one in their collective wisdom. We must maintain the path of our founding fathers. It is too late for us to divide the nation for our personal reasons.
The Edo North Senator emphasized that “Whatever we have not been able to achieve as a nation, we cannot achieve it in division.” There is more need now for our collaboration than ever before. It was Unity that brought us together and it require the same unity to keep us together as one family the statement added.