Government & Politics

David Mark Renews Covenant With God At 70

Former Senate President David Mark at the weekend took stock of his 70 years sojourn on earth.

He used the event to renew his covenant with God to serve Him and humanity faithfully.

The former Senate President, who spoke before a crowded gathering in Abuja, said: “I have resolved to serve God and humanity ceaselessly for the rest of my life.

“I will intensify my prayers and do the work of mercy for peace and unity of Nigeria, where genuine friendship and brotherhood, devoid of parochialism reigns.

“When I was growing up, I made friends across board devoid of ethnicity, tribe or religion. And we saw ourselves as brothers and sisters with a common destiny. But what we see today is a celebration of ethnic or religious champions in our national life.

“This is not the Nigeria of our dream. We must rise up to re-orientate our people in order to reverse the trend for good. We must see ourselves as one people with a common destiny and purpose.”

He expressed optimism that a better Nigeria, where everyone is free to live and pursue his or her legitimate ambition in any part of the country without fear of intimidation or molestation, is possible “if we see ourselves as brothers and sisters ”

President Muhammadu Buhari, who spoke through his Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, described Mark as a brave soldier and astute politician who has made positive impact in the country’s growth.

Senate President Bukola Saraki showered encomiums on his predecessor for the foundation he laid in the Senate as well as his contributions to national growth.

He requested Mark to always make his knowledge and wealth of experience available for upcoming leaders to profit from.

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal described Mark as a patriotic and relentless public servant, who over the years demonstrated unquestionable loyalty to his fatherland.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Uche Secondus hailed Mark for his steadfastness, noting that in the wake of the gale of defection that hit the party after its defeat in 2015, the former Senate President stood firm, when he said he would remain in PDP, no matter the odds.

Mark’s classmate, General Alwali Kazir, who spoke on behalf of Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Course 3 Alumni association, commended Mark for his relentless and unblemished service to the nation.

Chairman of the occasion General T. Y. Danjuma noted Mark’s indomitable spirit, which he said is needed to navigate through the country’s murky political water.

Eminent Nigerians, including four former Senate Presidents, Iyorchia Ayu, Adolf Wabara, Anyim Pius Anyim, Ken Nnamani, the incumbent Saraki, governors, past and present members of the National Assembly, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Cardinal John Onaiyekan, captains of industry among others attended the event.

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