Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, has described former Senate President, David Mark, as a rare patriot who has contributed immensely to the development Nigeria.
Anyim, in a message congratulated David Mark on the occasion of his 70th birthday. He maintained that Mark is a dogged leader who believes in pursuing a worthy course and urged every other politician to emulate his examplary leadership and sterling qualities.
“When we presented ourselves in the hallowed chambers of the 4th Senate in 1999, we looked like young men and women except a few us. We came with the buoyancy of hope for a great future for our country, for we were just elected to take the driving seat.
“We worked as brothers and sisters, our commitment was as if we will never get tired, we strove as if we will never get old and we delivered on our mandates to the best of our abilities.
“I particularly rejoice with you at this auspices occasion because you came to the National Assembly as the renowned Major A.B. Mark, former Military Governor of Niger State and former Minister of Communications. It had therefore been a whole stretch of life of service to our country and humanity. I celebrate you at 70, not because of the number but what you were able to accomplish within the space of your lifetime.
“On behalf of my family, we are proud to identify with you, indeed to have crossed your path in our own journey to serve our country. Yours, therefore, is a life of honour, dignity in service and a committed patriot. You are no doubt a gallant soldier, a quintessential parliamentarian and indeed a statesman. May God grant you peace as you age gracefully.”
Anyim, equally served as President of the Senate from 2000-2003.