The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called on Nigerians to work and pray for the peace and progress of the country in the New Year.
Senator Ekweremadu who made the call in his New Year message signed by his Special Adviser (media) Uche Anichukwu said that despite the economic challenges of the moment, Nigeria made tremendous progress in nurturing democracy and preserving the peace and unity of the country.
He said: "There is no doubt that 2015 will be remembered as a defining year for the nation’s democracy and unity. We have to give deserved credit to the Nigerian people whose sense of patriotism ensured that we held successful general elections and an unprecedented and smooth handover of government from one political party to the other".
"As we enter the new year, therefore, it behoves on all Nigerians, leaders and the led alike, to sustain our democratic gains, especially the preservation of the rule of law and the sanctity of the ballot box as thesse two are the cornerstones of both democracy and stabilty".
He said despite the setback in last constitution amendment exercise, the Senate and indeed the National Assembly was "committed to working with the Nigerian people to strengthen the nation's constitutional frameworks to promote peace, unity, democracy, good governance, and prosperity".
He wished Nigerians a happy and prosperous New Year.