The immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark, has again tasked Nigerians to rise up against the unabating insecurity in the land in order to stop the needless killings of country men and women.
Mark noted that although insecurity had taken a global trend, Nigeria cannot afford to allow the challenges degenerate further to an intolerable level.
The former Senate president was speaking at the weekend in Ogume, Delta State, when he bagged a doctorate on Intelligence and Security Studies (Honoris Causa) from Novena University at the institution’s convocation ceremony.
The university also established a new faculty named Senator David Mark Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies to study issues relating to insecurity and conflicts.
According to him, it is sad that hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost to conflicts and insurgency regretting that “Productive men and women who should ordinarily contribute to national development have been needlessly wasted. That is why we must all rise up to say enough is enough.”
He was pleased with the establishment of the Intelligence and Security Studies faculty named after him and requested that higher premium be placed on strategic research that would provide better understanding and knowledge of the security challenges facing the nation today.
Senator Mark therefore tasked security agencies and scholars alike to take advantage of the intelligence and security faculty of the university to focus on research, teaching and learning in order to fashion out a blue print to navigate through the myriad of security challenges.
Presenting the certificate to the awardee at the university campus, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chris A. Okafor, acknowledged the role Senator Mark played as the president of sixth and seventh Senate in bringing peace, stability and security to the national polity, which he described as unprecedented in the history of Nigeria.
He particularly extolled the wisdom with which Mark piloted the affairs of the National Assembly, stressing that: “The David Mark Centre for Intelligence and National Security Studies will work closely with the distinguished senator and some international partners from the Republic of China to fully train the undergraduates in personal and national security.”
The event was attended by Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa; his cabinet members, former Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro; House of Representatives Committee Chairman on Airforce, Hon. Samson Okwu; Hon. Ezekiel Adaji among others.