The Senator President, Chief David Mark has decried the spate of bombing and abduction by the Boko Haram sect and charged the federal government to declare war on the terrorist group.
Senator David Mark who made the call on Friday, May 02, 2014 in asaba at the funeral ceremony of Late Obi-Bridget Okpuno, mother of Business Mogul Chief Uche Okpuno said that with the recent abduction of school children by the sect, they have gone beyond bounds and has touched the heart of the nation, adding that “it is now time to take the war to the sect’s stronghold”.
According to him, “the country will never negotiate with the sect as long as they have those abducted children with them, they have touched the heart and soul of Nigerians with this abduction. The time to negotiation with them has passed. We will take the war to their doorstep”.
Senator Mark urged the Federal Government to intensify military actions against the sect to bring Senator Mark observed that Federal Government have to wage war against the sect into to preserve the sovereignty of our country Nigeria.
The Senate President warned the Boko Haram sect and their sponsors not to test the will and resolve of the Nigerians and the federal government.
Chief Mark charged Parents to live up to the responsibility of bringing up their children in godly ways to imbibe virtues and become good citizens of the country rather than becoming terrorist and exhibit criminal tendencies saying “ The parents will share some blame when their children turn out to be miscreants in the society.”
Senator Mark prayed God to touch the heart of these youths (Boko Haram) to enable them change their evil ways and stop destroying the country.
He also commended Late Bridget Okpuno for her dedication to God and raising her children in a godly way adding that they are all contributing to the development of the state and country in their different endeavours of life.
In a sermon delivered by Rev. Fr. Peter Muobogwu at the ceremony, the priest stated that there was time for everything in life according to the Bible and it was time for the diseased to die stressing that the joy of death lies in the resurrection of Christ.
He described the deceased as outstanding in generosity and was a committed Catholic who followed God till the end of her life here on earth.
Late Mrs. Bridget Okpuno was survived by ten children including the Chief Executive of U.L.O. Construction Company, Uche Okpuno and was aged 93 years Old.
The Funeral Ceremony which took place at St. Patricks Catholic Church Asaba was attended by the State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Air Commodore Walter Feghagbo, Former Military Administrator, Delta and a host of dignitaries.