World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

David Mark

For more info about Nigeria Politics, visit

For the American diplomat, see David E. Mark.
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
Assumed office
May 1999
President of the Senate of Nigeria
Assumed office
June 6, 2007
Deputy Ike Ekweremadu
Preceded by Ken Nnamani
Personal details
Born (1948-04-18) April 18, 1948 (age 66)
Zungeru, Niger State[1]
Nationality Nigerian
Political party PDP
Religion Christianity[2]

David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark (born April 18, 1948) is the President of the Senate of Nigeria[2] and 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

Mark was born in Otukpo on April 18, 1948. He attended St. Francis Catholic Practising school before attending the Nigerian Military School.[5]

Senate of Nigeria

Mark was elected to his position as President of the Senate of Nigeria on June 6, 2007.[6] In April 2012, Mark expressed concern for the new wave of terrorism from an Islamic sect that was taking hold on Nigeria; he said that it was turning Nigeria into a laughing stock and that the actions are "inhuman and [do] not enjoy the support of any right-thinking member of the society."[7] Mark has been actively pleading with Boko Haram, hoping that they will open up a dialogue with the government in the interest of peace.[8] Mark was criticized for claiming that telephone was not meant for ordinary people while he was Minister of Communication.[9]

David Mark ran for re-election to the Senate for Benue South in April 2011 and was elected for a fourth term.[10] Some exit polls suggested that Mark would not win, making his victory the subject of some scrutiny. Mark noted that the INEC polls pointed to a decisive victory, and called for his opponents to work together to improve Nigeria.[11]

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.[12] 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."[13] 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.[14]

Personal life

Mark and his wife Randa have children. He enjoys golf, tennis, and squash.[15] He is an Idoma Christian.[2][4]

His name is commonly used in conjunction with Nigerian advance fee fraud emails.[16] For more info about Nigeria Politics, visit


External links

  • Assemblyonline Nigeria News: Gender equality impossible in politics says David Mark.
  • BBC News: Legal blow for Nigerian senator; A tribunal in Nigeria has annulled the election of the president of the senate, David Mark.

For more info about Nigeria Politics, visit

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.