Obasanjo is the father of modern-day Nigeria – David Mark

Olusegun Obasanjo and David Mark

Immediate past Senate President, David Mark, has named former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who clocked 81 officially on Monday, as the father of modern-day Nigeria.

In a goodwill message signed by his media aide, Paul Mumeh, Mark described Obasanjo as an uncommon patriot who put the interest of the nation first in all he does.

He said the former President has stood firm against all odds to keep the nation one.

“No one is in doubt that Chief Obasanjo has demonstrated steadfastness, uncommon commitment and faith in the Nigerian project. All of us owe him that respect and honour,” Mark said.

He added that Obasanjo even after leaving office has continued to champion the cause of a united Nigeria saying that it takes a good conscience and love for fatherland to do so.

The former military governor of Niger State prayed that God will continue to grant Obasanjo good health, wisdom and courage in the years ahead.

He, however, urged Obasanjo to continue to make his wealth of experience and knowledge especially in leadership available for the younger generation of leaders to tap from.