Mark, in company of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekeremadu and 70 other Senators, after a close door meeting, expressed concern on the forced movement of Southerners from the North and Northerners from the South.
In his words, he said: “We have reconvened at a trying period in our nation’s history. We are confronted by security challenges in different parts of the country, which are testing our collective resolve to live together as a united indivisible nation.
“The Christmas Day bomb attack at Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla and other attacks in different parts of the country, especially in the North-East which has claimed many innocent lives, represents the most daring and costly attack by terrorists on fellow Nigerians.
“The attacks have instilled fear in the minds of ordinary Nigerians and threaten to impede the exercise of nation building. Once again, our tested cultural and religious values, which emphasize respect for life, are being eroded by these unscrupulous elements among us.
“The current security challenge has reinforced the need to aggressively pursue economic development and simultaneously implement the war on terrorism. In this regard, let me caution against reckless utterances by some Nigerians that endanger our national unity.
“Statements that encourage people to move from one region to another on the basis of faith and ethnicity is unpatriotic. It portends danger to our corporate existence and a clear invitation to anarchy.”
The Deputy Senate President, Ikweremadu, also mentioned the general insecurity issue in the land.
According to him, “I and 70 other Senators are worried about the state of insecurity in our country. We are worried about the movement of people from one area to another, especially on the strength of threat from Boko Haram. We are also worried about killings of people in places of worships. These things are like a bonfire, if not quenched, it can consume all of us.”
Meanwhile, another meeting of the Senators was scheduled for today to deliberate on the security situation and the Boko Haram ultimatum.