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Mark: The Quintessential Lawmaker

Posted: May 21, 2015 at 8:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Gen. David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark (GCON), President of the Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria, was born in Otukpo, Benue State on April 8, 1948. He attended St. Francis Catholic Practicing School, Otukpo, between 1956 and 1961 for his first school-leaving certificate, after which he was admitted into the Nigerian Military School, Zaria from 1962 to 1966, where he obtained the West African School Certificate (WASC). He later joined Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna (3rd Regular Course) in 1967, graduating in 1970 with NDACE (GCE ‘A’ Level) in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

The Senate President was at the School of Signals, Bradford, England and College of Military Engineering, Poona in 1970 and 1971-1975 respectively. A holder of Bachelor of Telecommunications Engineering, he also studied at the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering, Mhow, from 1971-1975 and the Command and Staff College, Jaji.

Mark was at National Defence University, Washington DC, from 1990-1991 and Harvard University, Boston, United States, between 1991 and 1992 where he earned Diplomas in Defence Studies.

The soldier turned politician, has been President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria since June 6, 2007. He also enjoys the unique distinction of being one of the longest serving members of the National Assembly, having been sworn into the upper chamber in May 1999. He is, by the constitution, the nation’s citizen number three, coming immediately after the President and Vice President.

You may love or hate David Mark. You may approve or disapprove of his policies and politics. But give it to him. He has guts. He has the courage of his convictions. He has a strong sense of Nigerian politics. The offices he has held and the roles played over the years, as Military Governor, Minister, Senator and President of the Senate, are enduring testimonies to his place as a prime mover of the Nigerian nation state.