President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described former President of the Senate, Senator David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark, as a patriot and a statesman.
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.
Meanwhile, Saraki has approved the appointment of ex-Senator Abubakar Dnaladi Abubakar as Sepcial Adviser on Special Duties. Abubakar has served in the 8th Senate where he was Chairman of NEPAD. A former Deputy Governor before he was elected to the Senate in 2015, Abubakar represented Taraba North Constituency