David Mark

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David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark
Governor of Niger State
In office
January 1984 – 1986
Preceded by Awwal Ibrahim
Succeeded by Garba Ali Mohammed
Senator for Benue South
In office
May 1999 – May 2003
President of the Senate
In office
6 June 2007 – 6 June 2015
Deputy Ike Ekweremadu
Preceded by Ken Nnamani
Succeeded by Bukola Saraki
Personal details
Born April 1948 (age 67)
Zungeru, Niger State[1]
Nationality Nigerian
Political party PDP
Residence Abuja
Alma mater Nigerian Defence Academy
Occupation Politician
Religion Christianity[2]
Military service
Service/branch Nigerian Army
Rank Brigadier General

David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark, GCON (born April 1948) is a retired Nigerian Army Brigadier General and politician who was President of the Senate of Nigeria from 2007 to 2015[2] and is the Senator for the Benue State constituency.[3] He is a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[4] Prior to his senatorial career, Mark was a military governor of Niger State.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Mark was born in Zungeru Niger State in April 1948. He attended St. Francis Catholic Practicing School before attending the Nigerian Military School then he attended the Nigerian Defence Academy .[5]

Senate of Nigeria[edit]

Mark was elected to his position as President of the Senate of Nigeria on June 6, 2007.[6]

David Mark ran for re-election to the Senate for Benue South in April 2011 and was elected for a fourth term.[7] David Mark noted that the polls pointed to his decisive victory, and called for his opponents to work together to improve Nigeria.[8]

When leading the review of the Constitution, Mark reportedly urged his colleagues to set their personal interests and focus on the interests of the Nigerian people.[9] After the UK criticized Nigeria's Prohibition of Same-Sex Marriage bill, threatening to pull their foreign aid, Mark responded that they "should keep [their] aid."[10] Mark called Nigeria's National Football Federation the "centre of corruption in the country", suggesting that they may need to temporarily disband to allow for reconstruction.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Mark and his wife Mrs Helen Mark have children. He enjoys golf, tennis, and squash.[12] He is an Idoma Christian.[2][4][13]

Mark has a country house with a helicopter and helipad at the top of it despite being a low-paid public servant all his life. [14]


  1. ^ "Zungeru: The abandoned first capital city of Nigeria". Nigerian Tribune online (African Newspapers of Nigeria). 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  2. ^ a b c Nkwazema, Stanley; Chuks Okocha; Juliana Taiwo (2007-11-02). "House Defies PDP, Elects Bankole Speaker". Thisday online (Leaders & Company). Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Senator David Mark". National Assembly of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  4. ^ a b Omipidan, Ismail (2007-09-02). "Mark’s landmark days in office". The Sun News On-line (The Sun Publishing). Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  5. ^ "Childhood". Senate President. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Aziken, Emmanuel (2007-10-12). "Marked for Battle - Akume Battles Mark for Senate Presidency". Vanguard (AllAfrica Global Media). Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  7. ^ Rotimi Akinwumi and Akinwunmi King (Apr 12, 2011). "Mark, Tinubu, Nnamani, others greet Ngige, as APGA rejects Anambra results". Daily Independent. 
  8. ^ "Benue: David Mark in controversial re-election win". New Nigerian Politics. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "No Fixed Position On Constitution Review – David Mark". Zimbio. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Fisher, Jonah (5 December 2011). "Nigerian leaders unite against same-sex marriages". BBC News. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (2 March 2012). "NFF will not comment on corruption claims". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Senate President Profile". Sentate President. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Scam ATM Card Payment Money Transfers Example - David Mark". Consumer Fraud Reporting. 
  14. ^ http://abujamedia.com.ng/david-marks-house-in-benue-state-has-a-helicopter-landing-space-on-its-roof/

External links[edit]

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