Senate President, David Mark, said yesterday that he decided to mark his birthday low key, for the first time in his life, because of the massive killing of Nigerians by the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.
He also said his recent visit to the Vatican further exposed him to the reality that one should be able to help the poor, less privileged and vulnerable in the society.
Speaking during his 65th birthday thanksgiving Mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Otukpo, Benue State, Mark noted that that if there must be sustainable peace and unity in the country, prayer must be seen as the panacea.
He also urged religious leaders across the country not to relent in their oars in this regard.
According to him, what the nation needed at this most trying moments of its history was fervent prayers to overcome the myriad of challenges, especially insurgencies that had crippled parts of the country.
Senator Mark, who noted that no nation made progress in a state of acrimony, said: “We should be more prayerful for our nation. We need peace in Nigeria, where there is no peace, there will be no democracy and no reasonable development can be attained. With our prayers, we can achieve more.”