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David Mark buries son in Otukpo

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Mark’s tribute to his late son was read by Tunde’s younger brother, David Mark Jnr and Hon. Blessing Onyeche-Onuh, member, Federal House of Representatives representing Otukpo/Ohimini Federal Constituency.

By Jeffrey Agbo

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Former Senate President David Mark has buried his son, Tunde Mark, in his home town Otukpo, Benue State amidst tears.

The younger Mark died on October 21, 2022 in a London hospital at the age of 51 following a battle with cancer.

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Special Adviser on Media to Mark, Paul Mumeh, in a statement on Saturday said that the burial rites began on November 9 with a service of songs held in Abuja.

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He added that Tunde’s body was accompanied by family and friends to Otukpo for a wake on Thursday, November 10 and committed to mother earth on Friday, November 11.

He said that personalities that attended the burial included Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue, his deputy, Benson Abonu, Senate minority leader, Sen. Philip Aduda and Sen. Abba Moro.

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Others are former senator representing Nasarawa South, Sen. Suleman Adokwe, former governor of Kogi, Idris Wada, Lekan Mustapha, Bishop Michael Apochi of Otukpo Catholic diocese, Rev Innocent Jooji, among.

Many of the attendees described late Tunde as humble and intellectual with analytical skills, who discussed to no end on virtually all subjects.

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David-Mark-and-Tunde David Mark buries son in Otukpo
Senator David Mark (L) and his late son, Tunde

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According to the statement, Most Rev. Fr. Sylvester Onmonke, during the sermon encouraged the family to have faith in God as only Him holds the power to give and take live.

Onmoke urged the parents, family and friends not to lose hope, pointing out that even though, Tunde died in his prime, he left a legacy of selfless service to humanity.

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The former Senate President’s tribute to his late son was read by Tunde’s younger brother, David Mark Jnr and Hon. Blessing Onyeche-Onuh, member, Federal House of Representatives representing Otukpo/Ohimini Federal Constituency.

Amidst tears, Tunde’s remains were lowered into the grave at the family compound in Otukpo.

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He is survived by his wife, Natsu, daughter Audrey, parents, brothers and sisters.

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