We’ve sacrificed governance on the altar of desperate political manoeuvres – Mark


Senate President, David Mark has accused political office holders in the country of abandoning governance on the altar of 2015 politics.

Mark in a speech to welcome Senators from their Christmas and New Year break in Abuja said politicians are presently over heating the polity and undermining governance because of selfish personal ambitions.

He warned against provocative utterances and urged politicians to exhibit maturity in their approach to national issues.

“As we resume today, we will soon realize that it is not only our legislative responsibilities that will task our wisdom. Pervasive political tension arising from festering political disputes continues to engage the larger polity.

“Across the nation, governance appears to have been sacrificed on the altar of desperate political manoeuvres and feverish permutations aimed at out-flanking one another ahead of the 2015 elections.

“Blinded by naked ambition, the political class has so painfully forgotten the lessons of our national history, and has once again allowed the collision of vaulting personal ambitions to overheat the polity and undermine governance.

“Coming at a time when our nation is still transiting amid tremendous strains and enormous social and economic challenges, the emphasis on primordial politics at the expense of governance is irresponsible, and even dangerous.

“I have said this several times and even at the risk of sounding like a broken record, let me once again caution against provocative utterances,” Mark said.

He urged his colleagues to remain focused on their constitutional responsibilities by acting with maturity at all times.

In a veiled reference to defection plans by Senators to the All Progressives Congress (APC), he urged the lawmakers not to allow themselves to be used as mere tools of factional politics but to uphold the primacy of the interest of the nation, and the welfare of the people.


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