President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has described his predecessor, Senator David Mark, as a patriot and a statesman.
Mark is celebrating his 70th birthday today.
Saraki, in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, said Mark had distinguished himself as a Nigerian with vast leadership experience, being a two-time Senate President, a retired Brigadier General, a former Minister of Communications, and a one-time military Governor of Niger State.
He said, “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.”