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Democracy Day: David Mark Urges Nigerians to Remain Optimistic and Steadfast



David Mark - Bella NaijaFormer Senate President, David Mark, has called on Nigerians not to despair in the face of the daunting economic and socio-political challenges but to remain steadfast.

This is contained in a goodwill message sent by Senator Mark on Saturday in Abuja to mark Democracy Day. The statement signed by Paul Mumeh, Media Assistant to Mark and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), quoted Mark as saying that it was by deliberate choice that Nigeria chose Presidential System.

Mark said that the nation chose presidential democracy because it was representative and participatory.

He said that the 2016 Democracy Day was a very unique one.

“It is unique because it is the first time in the last 17 years of uninterrupted civilian administration that an opposition political party is in charge,” Mark said.

In spite of the criticism, he noted that the solid foundation the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration put in place for 16 years, guaranteed the congenial atmosphere that enabled an opposition party to win elections.

“The PDP provided the enabling environment for democracy to thrive. It never hindered or prevented opposition parties from operating. Everyone had access and the political space was free for all,” he said.

He urged governments at all levels to initiate policies and programmes that were in consonance with the wishes and aspirations of the people.

Mark said that any programme or policy that tended to bring misery on the citizenry could not be adjudged a good package.

He called for an egalitarian society where every citizen irrespective of political, religious or ethnic leaning would be free to pursue his or her legitimate ambition.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Kelechi

    May 29, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Pls be quiet!

  2. Strit Kredibility

    May 29, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Haha, David Mark, the quintessential Nigerian politician who puts on concave lens and sees things of convex nature. You know the guy with a 4.30 eye (the cross eyed fellow) how they appear to look. Yorubas call it ‘a wo Ibadan bi eni wo Oyo’. Loosely translated as looking at Ibadan with eyes facing Oyo. Its just like posting comment on Linda and accusing BN of withholding the same comment. Nigerian politician Iba fun yin o. The gold medalist in ironies and paradoxes. Otukpo Markavelli i greet you o

  3. Omo baba

    May 29, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Optimistic my ass. While you and your senate friends rob Nigeria blind? Is that what you are advising your fellow Nigerians to do. David Mark I want you and your fellow thiefs to remember the popular saying “everyday for the thief, One day for the owner” . Please, keep your mouth in a permanent condition of shut up. May the good lord purnish you and your optimistic pronouncement.

  4. Hal

    May 29, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    You have no moral justification to open your mouth. Blood Sucker!

  5. nnenne

    May 29, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    BTW, when are they going to slash the salaries of these legislators?
    The economy is bad and every one should feel the pinch, just like the common man.

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