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I first met Major David Mark, a young, swashbuckling army officer through a mutual friend, Ambunde Ugar , also known as Tony in late May , 1978, on the eve of my departure to Bauchi for the NYSC . They had known themselves in India where Tony was a student and David Mark was on an officer on course. I first met him in Calabar, in Ayimo Hotel, Marian Road, Calabar where he was staying. He was in Calabar on official duty. He was then Chairman of the Abandoned Property Implementation Committee, a Committee set up by the Federal Government to resolve contentious issues regarding properties abandoned by the Ibo’s as a result of the unfortunate Nigerian Civil War of 1967 to 1970. When he got to know I was leaving for NYSC the next day he immediately offered me his hotel accommodation because according to him “Now Your Suffering Commences (NYSC)” so enjoy for one night at least. The motive for this spontaneous act of generosity to an inconsequential young man he was meeting for the first time and from whom he stood to benefit nothing has remained the subject of agitated debate till this day between us .Today is certainly not for escalating the debate. It is a day to celebrate a man of great insight, wisdom, talent, discipline and knowledge, a friend indeed, a leader, mentor, motivator, sportsman, musician and band leader, disc jokey,helicopter pilot ,traditional man and at the same time an ardent Roman Catholic , a man of incredible talents and humility, a testament to…



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