Immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, on Saturday described former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as an outstanding nationalist and statesman who laboured to keep Nigeria as one.
Senator Mark said the former President remains one of the pillars of the contemporary Nigeria saying that “his believe in one United Nigeria where everyone is free to do his or her legitimate business is unquestionable. “
In his eulogy to Obasanjo on his 79th birthday, the former Senate President noted that Obasanjo is a father figure to the nation on whose shoulders “we lean when it matters. “
He recalled Obasanjo’s roles in bringing the Nigeria/Biafra civil war to an end and how he played a leading role towards nurturing and sustaining the nation’s democracy.
Senator Mark praised Obasanjo for his consistent and untiring efforts at sustaining the peace and progress of the nation as well as the entire continent.
He added that Obasanjo’s leadership role in Africa and indeed the world is worthy of emulation.