President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, and the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, have called on all Nigerians to pray for peace, unity and development of the Nigerian nation.
This is just as the immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has identified growing security challenges as the worst nightmare facing the country.
In their individual messages to celebrate this year’s Eid El Kabir, the ranking Senators urged Nigerians not to relent in their prayers to take the country out of the woods.
In his Sallah message, Lawan called on Muslim faithful and all Nigerians to be steadfast in working and praying for the peace, unity and progress of the nation.
According to him, the current challenges are painful which is a passing phase in the historical process of nation-building.
He assured that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to address the nation’s challenges and steady the march to its manifest destiny of greatness.
On the legislative activities of the upper chamber, the Senate President declared that the report of the committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will be considered after the annual recess of the legislative arm by September.
He said: “Also worth mentioning is the hard work our Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution is doing to get its report ready for consideration as soon as we resume from our current summer vacation. We hope to consider the report this year before considering the 2022 Appropriation Bill and transmit the outcome to the state Houses of Assembly for their consideration. “We are confident that the new Constitution that will emerge from this exercise will substantially address all the areas of genuine concerns to patriotic Nigerians”
Lawan, however, solicited for the cooperation of the Executive arm towards ensuring that the 2022 Appropriation Bill gets to the National Assembly on time for consideration and passage.
His words: “We are also committed to nurturing the tradition that we started of timely consideration of the budget by ensuring that the 2022 Appropriation Bill is passed by December so that the budget will continue to be implemented within the January to December cycle. This however requires the cooperation of the Executive in presenting the estimates to the National Assembly on time”.
On his part, Omo-Agege called on Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
While stressing that the country is passing through one of the most trying moments in the history of the nation, the ranking Senator urged Nigerians to renew their faith in God.
He further urged Muslims to preach peace and imbibe the virtues of Prophet Mohammed whose sacrificial and obedient life is the reason for the celebration.
“By acknowledging the supremacy of God, demonstrating genuine love and respect for one another and commitment to peaceful co-existence, we can collectively confront our challenges as a nation and build a truly peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.
“It is only through love for one another and commitment to peace, security and stability that the country can progress towards the fulfilment of its great potentials as a nation”, Omo-Agege stressed.
In his Sallah message, Ekweremadu urged Muslim ummah to pray for the security of the nation.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, who described insecurity as the nation’s worst nightmare, stressed that without security of lives and property, development, progress, and economic prosperity would continue to elude the country.
According to him: “It is sad that insecurity has persisted as the nation’s worst nightmare for so many years. We have never had it this bad. I do not know of any other nation in the world where all shades of criminals kill and abduct citizens daily in peace time as presently experienced in Nigeria.
“Therefore, as I felicitate with the Muslim faithful on this occasion of Eid-El-Kabir, I equally urge prayers for the security of our nation. It is also my hope that the leadership of the country musters the political will to decentralise policing so that the subnational governments are constitutionally empowered to create state police services to begin to retake the space from the marauding criminals.
“Importantly, I urge love, justice, as well as an equitable management of our diversities so that Nigerians can all join hands to take our nation out of the woods”.