15 Reverend Fathers officiate as former Senate President David Mark celebrates 69th birthday in Otukpo

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*says he’s committed to charity

By; IKANA ADAKOLE, Otukpo
Immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark on Saturday took stock of his  journey through life at 69 and resolved to continue to serve God and humanity for the rest of his life, as no fewer than 15 Reverend Fathers officiated.
This was contained in a statement signed by Media Assistant to Senator David Mark,  Paul Mumeh, made available to AUTHENTIC News Daily via email.

Former Senate President, Sen David Mark (L), receiving a birthday card from Vicar-General of Otukpo Diocese, Very Rev Fr Kenneth Odeh (R), during a Mass to mark Former Senate President’s 69th Birthday in Otukpo, Benue on Saturday (8/4/17).

“I will concentrate more on charity works especially on the young people God has been merciful to me . I have every reason to be thankful”, Senator Mark said.
Addressing the congregation at a special thanksgiving mass to mark his 69th birthday in his Otukpo country home in Benue state, Senator Mark stated “I have every reason to be humble. I will devote my time and energy to serve God and humanity”.
He stated:” For anyone who has wronged me in any way, I have forgiven. I also urge all those I may have offended in the course of my journey through life to forgive me “.
Senator Mark prayed for peace and unity of Nigeria saying “I want to see in my life time a nation where every citizen is free to pursue his or her legitimate ambition in any part of the country without fear of intimidation or molestation “.
He craved for harmonious working relationship between and among the three arms  of government pointing out that such synergy is required to deliver dividend of democracy to the people.
In the homily, Rev. Fathers Sylvester Onmonke and Kenneth Odeh preached peace, unity and forgiveness among Nigerians  just as they prayed that God grant leaders at all levels  the wisdom to embark on policies and programmes that would ameliorate the pains of the people.
The Clergy men enjoined Nigerians across board to forgive and reconcile with one another so that peace and progress can thrive in our land.
Senator Mark’s Wife Helen, political associates including former Interior minister Abba Morro, House of Representatives’ Ezekiel Adaji, Samson Okwu, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo, Sule Adanu and  Benue state Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) Chairman John Ngbede  among others attended the mass officiated by 15 Reverend Fathers on Saturday.
Senator Mark was born on April 8, 1948 in Otukpo, Benue state.
From left: Former Board Chairman, NTA, Chief Patrick Ogbu; Former Chairman, Nigerian Communication Commition (NCC), Mr Igog Egbe and Senior Special Assistant to Senator David Mark on Media and Publicity, Mr Paul Mumeh, during a Mass to mark Former Senate President’s 69th Birthday in Otukpo, Benue on Saturday

 

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