By Festus Ahon
ASABA – SENATE President, Bukola Saraki, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and former Governor James Ibori, Sunday urged Nigerians to put the interest of the country above themselves, expressing faith in Nigeria’s democracy and unity.
Speaking during the 60th birthday thanksgiving Mass of the Senator representing Delta North, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi at St Augustine’s Catholic Church, Ibusa, insisted that Nigerians must remain united for the advancement of democracy in the country.
Also in attendance were, Delta State Deputy Governor, Mr. Kingsley Otuaro, former Emmanuel Uduaghan, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan; and Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Leo Ogor, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, his Niger Delta counterpart, Uguru Usani and array of traditional rulers, Priests and politicians.
Saraki said, “I want to assure the clergy that we will continue to seek for your prayers for this great country of ours; the challenges facing the country are enormous, it goes beyond roads and infrastructure; the peace and unity of this country is paramount and should be upheld but, equity and Justice where every Nigerian has a say must be the watchword.”
While congratulating Senator Nwaoboshi, the Senate President held that the Senate is one family and would ensure that Nigerians get their dues.
Also speaking, Okowa said; “the church should continue to pray for politicians for they work under very serious circumstances; we will continue to encourage ourselves to be good representatives of our people; we need the partnership of all Nigerians and Deltans to develop our communities and we will continue to support the Senate in its defense of democracy.”
Paying glowing tribute to Senator Nwaoboshi, the Governor said “people of Delta North supports him and as Delta Northerners, we are very proud of him as Senator representing us.”
On his part, Chief James Ibori said; “in a democratic dispensation, you have assigned duties; it is the duty of the legislature to make laws, the executive to implement the laws and the civil society elders and clergy will tell the truth to those in power.
“I am yet to see an elected officer that does not have the interest of the people at heart,” disclosing that “Senator Peter Nwaoboshi is a committed son of Anioma (Delta North) who fought for the emergence of a Delta Northerner as Governor.
Expressing gratitude to God, Senator Nwaoboshi said he had every reason to thank God on his 60th birthday, noting that “selfish, ethnic interests are put aside in the interest of the nation.
“We have more APC (All Progressive Congress) Senators here than PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) Senators in this church, and it tells you that we think of Nigeria rather than self, party or ethnic interests because, the Senate President has made it for us to think and work for only Nigeria”.
In his sermon, Very Rev. Fr. John Aduba told political office holders to be the voice of the voiceless, decrying that, “there is a lot of sufferings and smiling, people are being denied the basic things of life, no road, no water, no electricity; you might be comfortable but, those who elected you to serve, how do they feel?”
Aduba enjoined Christians not to only receive the words of God but should treasure the words into practice.
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