David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark, popularly known as David Mark, is a retired Nigerian Army Brigadier General and politician, who belongs to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Through the party he was elected as Senate President and a Senator for the Benue State constituency.
Mark was a former Military Governor of Niger State and former Minister of Communication.
Born in April 1948 in Zungeru, Niger State, David Mark acquired most of his education in the military. But first he obtained both his primary and secondary education at St. Francis Catholic Practicing School from 1956 – 1961.
Mark later joined the Nigerian Military School Zaria from 1962 – 1966 and also acquired more (three years) military training in the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna from 1967 – 1966. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and became a Captain in 1971.
The General also went ahead to further his education to high levels, attending such institutions as The College of Military Engineering, Poona; Military College of Telecommunication Engineering, 1971 – 1975; Command Staff College, Jaji, 1978 – 1979; National Defence University Washington DC, 1990 – 1991; Harvard University, Boston, 1991 – 1992.
David Mark is married to Mrs. Helen Mark and the couple have Children (Identity undisclosed). He has been described as rather stern in profession and blunt with words, not minding whose ox is gored.
Mark also enjoys hobbies such as Golf, Tennis and Squash. He is a Christian in the Roman Catholic Church and is allegedly a low paid public servant all his life. It is also said that his hometown resident has a roof top helipad.
David Mark was the Commandant of Static Communications in 1974, and then later held a political post as a Chairman Abandoned Properties Implementation Committee in the Eastern region in 1976.
Mark was also a Faculty Director, National War College; Commander, 3rd Marine Signal Division, Port Harcourt; Brigade Major, Signal Brigade, Lagos, Military Governor Niger State 1984 – 1986.
David Mark headed the Communications Ministry and its two major parastatals: NITEL and NIPOST. During his time of service, Mark always expressed his intolerance for incompetent workers.
He also proposed the death penalty for telecom cable thieves and a policy of dismantling under-utilized telecom facilities citing political considerations for giving allocations to towns with limited use of phone networks.
David Mark was elected to his position as President of the Senate of Nigeria on June 6, 2007.
He ran for re-election to the Senate for Benue South in April 2011 and was elected for a fourth term. When leading the review of the Constitution, Mark reportedly urged his colleagues to set aside their personal interests and focus on the interests of the Nigerian people.
David Mark and other former leaders of the National Assembly met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, July 18, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The agenda of the meetings was not made public.