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Mark tells FG to stop buck passing on delivery of democracy dividends


David Mark

Former Senate President, David Mark has urged the Federal Government to seek better way of developing the nation’s economy instead of continually passing the buck over its failure to provide the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

In his New Year message, Mark noted that what Nigerians required was a marked improvement in their living standards and not excuses from government.

Mark noted that 2017 was challenging but expressed optimism that 2018 would be fulfilling if government at all levels make the people the centre point of its policies and programmes.


He acknowledged the resilience and perseverance of citizens in the midst of socio-economic and political difficulties in 2017 and urged them to reignite their undying spirit and enter 2018 with renewed vigour and hope.

He reminded the President Muhammadu Buhari administration that the period of buck-passing should be over for a more purposeful governance to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

“I think the period of blame-game should be over by now. It is time this administration gave Nigerians purposeful leadership and deliver the dividends of democracy to the people,” he said.

Mark noted that the present administration has had enough time to deliver on its mandate, pointing out that it was needless dissipating energy trading blames on individuals and past governments.

He expressed worries over the unending insecurity situation in the country, a development he feared, may have defied orthodox methods of combating crimes.

He, therefore, advocated an urgent review of the security arrangement in the country to curtail the multi-faceted security challenges ravaging the nation.

Security, he said, should be given topmost priority “because no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of crime or insecurity.”

Mark urged security operatives to rise up to the challenge, adding: “I believe that Nigerians deserve to live in peace in any part of the country without fear of intimidation or molestation.

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