Mark at 66: I remain a pan- Nigerian —– says I 'll serve God, humanity for the rest of my life.


President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has promised to remain a pan- Nigerian in spite of all the challenges stressing, “I will remain a pan-Nigerian and work for a nation where peace, love , development and unity reigns as a binding principle”.

To achieve these , Senator Mark added: “I will dedicate the rest of my life to the service of God and humanity”.

Speaking at a church service to mark his 66th Birthday at St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy , Apo, Abuja he said he was not celebrating the birthday with any fun- fare because the mood of the nation (security challenges) is unhealthy for any celebration.

“For me , any celebration, any gift you can give is to pray to God for all these violence and insurgency to pass away as quickly as possible”, Senator Mark stressed.

Senator Mark again bemoaned the unabating insecurity in the land which have claimed thousands of lives and opined that, ” we can all cooperate to halt these needless killings of our people .

“There are many channels to address any grievance . Violence is not one of the ways. It is inhuman to take another man's life just because you are unhappy with a situation . Let us reason together as one people and end these needless wars “.

He cautioned against anybody accepting the temptation of attributing the growing insurgency to religious war saying, “as far as I know, no religion preaches violence. All religions preaches peace and peaceful co-existence”.

Senator Mark reminded Nigerians of the sanctity of living together as one people under one nation, pointing out that “We have more to gain by being together than otherwise.”.

He specifically told the clergy not to rest on their oars praying for the peace, security and unity of Nigeria.

Senator Mark thanked his colleagues; Senators and members of the House of Representatives for the trust and confidence reposed in him to lead the National Assembly promising, “I will not fail you”.

He urged that all hands must be on deck to make Nigeria a better place.

In his remarks, the Leader of the Senate, Senator Victor Ndoma- Egba , SAN,

Praised the leadership of Senator Mark in the Senate, saying the Senate is one united family devoid of the proverbial banana peels.

In his sermon, Rev. Fr. Innocent Jooji said the best gift to any body is prayer , assuring that God has answer to our challenges.

Paul Mumeh, Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate.