Senate President David Mark Wednesday expressed concern over the increasing spate of terrorism in the country and urged Nigerians to rise against moves to destabilise Nigeria.
Mark, who made the remark while decorating newly promoted police officers attached to his office, said the government would no longer tolerate the mindless acts of the insurgents.
He said: â€œlf the perpetrators of these violent crimes would not come to the negotiating table to dialogue with authorities in order to address whatever grievances they may have, government would be left with no option than to deploy its might to deal with the situation.
â€œNo matter how disgruntled or angry they may be, they cannot continue to kill our citizens and destroy properties at will as a way of life. It is high time wise counsel prevailed among these insurgents to drop their arms and embrace peace.
â€œNigeria is passing through very difficult times and challenges and certainly does not need these wars and destructions.
We need to live and work together as free people. We need a country where all citizens have equal opportunities where no one is oppressed or molested,â€ he said.
Police officers decorated with new ranks as Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP) were Odufu Boniface, Ibrahim Omaga and Oni John while Ndamshe Nanzing was decorated as police inspector.
Mark also sympathised with Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam who was attacked by gunmen at Tse -Kenyi village while inspecting the community recently destroyed by herds men on Tuesday.
According to him, the situation calls for vigilance on the part of every citizen as he solicited for support and co-operation from the people that could enable security operatives to effectively confront the onerous task of protecting lives and properties.