How To Properly Insult David Mark – By Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo

Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo “We need to change our attitude on how we report things about our country and we should emulate the foreign reporters who never report negative things about their countries. – David Mark, Nigeria Senate President, complaining about social media being used to insult Nigerian leaders in a speech to reporters covering the Nigerian Senate.

I’m going to use some bad words in this column. If you cannot stomach them, please stop reading. Right now.

Thank you.

I do not waste my thoughts on some Nigerian politicians. Despite their antics and cries for attention, I dismiss this bunch of political actors. Some are so rotten that I consider them irredeemable. Some are so insignificant in the overall reformation scheme that I feel they will wither away as soon as the cord of corruption is cut off. Some are nothing but stagnant balls of smoke made of sheer ignorance. Mr. David Mark was one of them. But he shouldn’t be.

On a second thought, David Mark is much more than all of the above. He is not just irredeemable. He is also contaminating. He is not just insignificant. His dirty fingers are scratching the canvas of Nigeria. He is not just a stagnant smoke of ignorance on Nigeria’s sky. He is also in motion.

In short, David Mark is a lucky bastard. And nothing is scarier than a government of lucky bastards in the life of a nation.

Mr. Mark went in front of reporters that cover the senate, men and women that he has pocketed, to complain that the social media is used by faceless people to insult Nigerian leaders like him. He grumbled that these disgruntled operators of social media have no way of retracting their stories. His solution: that the government should control social media to stop its users from insulting leaders like him.

What the likes of David Mark do not know is that social media does not operate in a vacuum. It needs content to exist. And social media content is provided by people like David Mark.

Social media thrives on the idiosyncrasies, excesses and stupidity of politicians and celebrities. Those in the limelight who do not wish to be in the spotlight of social media should retire to their villages and wait for death. For instance, nobody in social media is losing sleep over Arthur Nzeribe, who is currently at his Oguta home awaiting death. David Mark can do the same in one of his homes in Benue, Ghana, Caribbean, the US, Belize, the UK, Ireland etc.

For those unfamiliar with the pedigree of the senate president, here is it in brief. David Mark is a leader in that class of miseducated men and women who rode the wave of unaccountable leadership, looting and ruining Nigeria until the nation became a failure. These are the men and women who failed Nigeria with such a staged craftsmanship that the nation they failed works perfectly well for them. If Nigeria were a tree, these men and women cut the tree and told it where to fall.

For those who need more details, this is the essential biography of David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark. Born on April 18, 1948, in Otukpo, he joined the Nigerian army and became prominent as a Major when he was named Secretary of the Abandoned Property Implementation Commission after the Biafra-Nigeria Civil War. In the 1980s, he reemerged as one of the so-called Babangida boys. He became the military governor of Niger state from 1984- 1986. When Babangida took over as Nigeria’s military dictator, he brought Mark close as his Minister of Communication. He played a prominent role in the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election. He headed the gang that threatened to kill M.K.O. Abiola if the military had dared to hand power over to him. He fell out with Gen. Sani Abacha who retired him from the army and he went on exile. At the beginning of this current democratic dispensation in 1999, he became a senator representing Benue South senatorial zone. He supported Obasanjo’s effort to amend the Nigerian constitution to serve a third term. For that effort he collected the lion share of the billions that Obasanjo’s supporters used to bribe senators. He became the Senate president in 2007 as a reward for his loyalty to the PDP.

David Mark is a lucky bastard. Not even one of the 400,000 people of his other country, Belize, will nominate him to be a janitor for their senate.

Even though he believes that a sergeant in the army is better than a university graduate, nobody knows if Mr. Mark can write his name. But we know that he can open offshore accounts in New Jersey and the Cayman islands. We know that is the place he hid most of the Gulf oil windfall for himself and his boss, Babangida. We know that is where he hid proceeds from NITEL deals he cooked up as Minister of Communication when he famously said that poor people had no need for phones and as such he siphoned the money allocated to his ministry. We know that he spent about 6 million British pounds sterling to purchase significant interest in the 18-hole St Margaret’s Golf Club in Ireland. We know he owns a 2.5 million British pounds sterling home on Thames River in London. We know he has millions and millions of pounds sterling in trust for his numerous children and wives all over Europe and America. We know this because his nasty divorce from wife number five, Victoria Preye, exposed some of his hidden investments.

Despite his enormous stolen wealth, here is what David Mark’s epitaph will say. “Here lies a man who admired the trappings of Western civilization but was ignorant of its tenets.” It is the same epitaph for Idi Amin, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida and Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga.

On top of David Mark’s head roves a giant question mark. When he opens his mouth remarkable gaffes gush out. It is a mark of complete genuflection of a nation that such a scion of corruption is at the head of the upper house of the people’s assembly. His bland mind marketed as diplomatic is impervious of his environment. Otherwise he would have noticed from his hospital bed that it was Israeli media that kept the heat on until former Israeli President Moshe Katsav was sentenced to seven-years for rape.

David Mark is a shameless hypocrite who has absolute disdain for Nigeria. That such an uninspiring character is angling for the presidency of Nigeria is a testament to the hopelessness of the Nigerian project. Put aside his pedigree, Nigeria’s number three man is as shallow as they come. Otherwise he would have heard that it was Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post newspaper that singlehandedly exposed President Richard Nixon as a crook and forced him to resign.

David Mark is old enough to know that “the only countries where newspapers are full of good news are those counties where the prisons are full of good people.” If David Mark is just ignorant, I won’t be scared. I will simply hope that soon, like other ignoramuses like him ruining Nigeria, he will die off with his stupidity and leave Nigeria to its fate. But David Mark is much more than ignorant. He is deliberately manipulative and mischievous. And that is dangerous.

David Mark is a lucky bastard. If an American newspaper places its searchlight on him for just 24 hours, as soon as the report comes out, Interpol, FBI, Scotland Yard, KGB, SSS, MSS, BNI, ICPC, EFCC etc will all be fighting over whose handcuffs will be on David Mark’s hands, legs, waist and ankles.

Mr. Mark hates a marketplace of ideas because he has no confidence in his own opinion. So he dislikes any media that challenges his opinion and tries to hold him accountable. He has been so used to being worshiped that any deviation from that is considered demeaning and insulting. For Mark and his likes, not appending to their names their fake doctorate degrees or their worthless grand commander of a corrupt and crumbling federal republic is already an insult in and of itself. But Mark is perfectly retaining his right to insult Nigerians, disrespect them and treat them as imbeciles who have no idea what one plus one is.

This is why David Mark does not like the social media. He cannot buy them over. He cannot pay them retainership to publish only favorable stories about him. He cannot get them to submit drafts of their stories to his office for approval before publication.

He cannot fly them to an expensive resort hotel and give them lectures on how to do their job as the Fourth Estate. He is mad because he cannot stop social media from writing what one of his six wives said in anger.

Mr. Mark loves the compromised media that does not ask him what he does for Nigeria for which he gets paid over N600 million a year. He loves the compromised media that will quote him as saying, “I will defend Nigeria’s unity with the last drop of my blood,” but won’t ask him why he renounced Nigeria’s citizenship to become a citizen of Belize when his investment in that country was threatened. He loves the compromised media that will not ask why he loves Nigeria so much but will rather go to Israel for a minor medical treatment.

David Mark is a lucky bastard. The best way to properly insult him is to ignore him. That is what I will go back to doing now that I have let out steam.

  1. iheoma martins Reply

    My dear brother ogoo, I salute courage and boldness, its high time we face these guys head on, and the right time is now. May they all rot in hell for living their mischievous and bloody extravagant life styles at the expense of the poor lives innocent men and women of our great nation. May God bless Nigeria.

  2. Dr. Rash Reply

    Oh My my my my! If i were David Mark the bastard “according to the writer”, i will just reign in absentia and hid myself for the rest of my life. What exposure of the highest order. Oh Nigeria! Oh Nigeria. I cry for thee. Where are thou heading?

  3. gina Reply

    My dear brother I hail ooo u too much if other nigeria citizen are bold enough to voice out like u do this rubbish would have stop long time ago!!

  4. minat Reply

    i totallly agree with u.. How i wish 9ja youth will drop ol difference and lets deal with dos blood suckers.. Am tired wit dem

  5. Kunle Reply

    I’m speechless!!

  6. Ismail Reply

    I sad and I shocked,it’s high time that we Nigerians,we should stop sentiment irrespective our religion or ethnicity,to unite an against our bad leaders..good people great nation.

  7. Chichi Reply

    Oh my! I thought I was miffed by the man’s temerity, but boy, are you raging mad! I do tnink that I feel quite a bit mollified by your “properly [worded] insult” of the Senator. Good job!

  8. albert Reply

    David mark should resign wit immediaye effect

  9. Emmanuel Reply

    My broda,tanx 4 dat boldness.

  10. Stone Reply

    Absolutely on point.
    Sadly he would not heed these words and resign but time will tell.. there will come a time when David mark will become obscure and forgotten

  11. Chris Ene Reply

    What a master piece on David Mark,a man who has long lost toucch with himself.this wass the same bastard as Rudolf called him who once said telephone was not for the por.This is a man who lost the election to young Alhaji.let’s all pray against the likes of David Mark that the Lord will descend on them.Thank you Mr Okonkwo. For telling the bastard like it is.

  12. akpan asunwa Reply

    I am impressed.

  13. lanre Reply

    If i were a King in the olden days, I will give you my most beautiful daughter to marry and pay you a groom price.
    God bless you!!

  14. stheeve Reply

    Right on point! Right on point my brother!! Why can’t one Nigerian Youth come out with uncontrolled fury against these lucky bastards plaguing our nation & see how supportive we can be to such a cause. If we can kill, let’s just kill them so we can move on since they’re not ready to attorn for the evil they’ve done to Nigeria. Infact my jobless situation is a good push to do something myself if nothing is done in time. Deep down I feel happy that I’m getting impatient with this crop of bastards. Rudolph thanks for the courage; we shall get there…

  15. sariki007 Reply

    WOW OH WOW!!!….Rudolf…..i like your spirit. Your absolutely correct. I just pray that many Nigerian Youths will emulate your courage and fearlessness and put an end to all these impostors for a better NIgeria

  16. Deman Reply

    God will reward your boldness, evri price you paid, and your corage. At least for once in Nigeria, a journalist is making GOOD use of tie FOI.
    Infact, I am speachless

  17. Deman Reply

    God will reward your boldness, evri price you paid, and your corage. At least for once in Nigeria, a journalist is making GOOD use of tie FOI.
    Infact, I am speachless. . .

  18. Bello M Muhammed Reply

    Good job sir. But sadly,exposing their secrets has become like a melodious song to them. It doesnt seem to move the ‘bastards‘ at all. The only thing that might save us is a near Ghana style revolution or the Arab springs semblance. At least the ‘mad men‘ have got dual citezenships,so let them vacate before we join heads to ‘waste‘ them!

  19. Deman Reply

    God will reward your boldness, evri price you paid, and your corage. At least for once in Nigeria, a journalist is making GOOD use of the FOI.
    Infact, I am speachless. . .

  20. ay Reply

    I was alnmost tempted to say that David Alechenu Mark is fool, but I remembered that am a Christian! Great Job my guy!

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  22. Goldie is just catching her fun gud 4 her Reply

    I lack words to discrib david mark stupidity cuny man i wish he wil c and read dis artcle let his bp shoot up

  23. seun Reply

    Took my time to read and digest. Kudos to the writer for this and i wish we all can emulate and occupy them using this medium. A nation deserves the kind of people who govern them. In a more civilised world David Mark should be cooling off in the prison not to talk of being a senate president. Bastard to me is an understatement guess we can give him a worse adjective to describe elements like him and his cohorts. Time shall tell and posterity will judge us all.

  24. Blessing Ogunli Reply

    Thanks man. Its a shame that the media which is supposed to help exposed the various atrocities of these good for nothing idiots are in their pay roll.I can’t just understand wh
    Mark will compplain of being insult? Is it a normally individual who heads an arm of government to siphon money from his country n invest in anothe? Mark is just a bastard, he is demented one.

  25. Anthony Sotonwa Reply

    I hope Nigeria will eventually survive with the looting to foreign countries

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