National Assembly honours longest-serving senator on his 70th birthday

National Assembly honours longest-serving senator on his 70th birthday

- Senator David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark has been honoured by the Senate as he celebrates his 70th birthday

- Mark is the longest-serving senator and longest-serving Senate president

- Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, had earlier described Senator David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark, as a patriot and a statesman

The Nigerian Senate has congratulated and honourned Senator David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark, the longest-serving senator and longest-serving Senate president who clocked 70 recently.

The senate in series of tweets on Wednesday, April 11, praised the former senate president, describing his for his services to Nigeria.

"Senate President, @bukolasaraki announces that yesterday, we recognized the birthday of our longest-serving Senator and longest-serving Senate president, Senator @SenDavidABMark but he was not here.

”Today, I believe that it is only right for us to once again congratulate him for the ‘young’ age that he has attained.”

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”Congratulations sir. We congratulate you for your service to this great country; for your dedication as an Officer and as a Gentleman. Those of us who are politicians are always jealous that you can do both. We can only be gentlemen, we cannot be Officers.”

”We wish you many more years of great service. Congratulations sir, on behalf of all the Distinguished Senators of the 8th Senate.”

Meanwhile Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, had earlier described Senator David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark, as a patriot and a statesman.

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Saraki, in a statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, stated that as a two-time Senate President, a retired brigadier general from the army; former minister of communication; and a one-time military governor of Niger state, Senator David Mark has distinguished himself as a Nigerian with vast leadership experience.

“Today, I join all Nigerians in celebrating Senator David Mark at 70.

“Undoubtedly, as our nation’s longest serving Senator and Senate President, Senator Mark has contributed significantly to the growth of the legislature in Nigeria and distinguished himself overtime in the service of our nation — in various capacities and at various levels as a patriot and a statesman.

“As you celebrate this milestone of a birthday today, we too, celebrate you and pray that the Almighty in his infinite wisdom, grace and protection, continues to guide you in all that you do,” Saraki stated.

NAIJ.com had reported that the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, gave reasons for failing two things which his former boss, Senator David Mark taught him in the course of their working together over the years.

Ekweremadu who made the disclosure at the weekend during the 70th birthday celebration of the former Senate president in Otukpo, also posited that the Mark's era at the red chamber left an indelible mark on Nigeria's democracy.

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