- Governor Udom Emmanuel is seeking a major recognition for one of the illustrious sons of Akwa Ibom state
- The governor has pleaded with the Nigerian Air Force to recognise the late Air Marshal Nsikak Eduok
- The governor also extended the plea to the federal government
Governor Udom Emmanuel has asked the federal government and the Nigerian Air Force to immortalise the former Chief of Air Staff, late Air Marshal Nsikak Eduok (rtd.) who was an indigene of Akwa Ibom state.
The governor stated that the gesture would reciprocate the late Air Marshal Eduok's selfless service and contributions to Nigeria.
Governor Emmanuel made the request when he received the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar on Saturday, January 9 who was in the state on a condolence visit to the governor and the family of the late Air Marshal Eduok.
A statement from the Akwa Ibom state government seen by Legit.ng quoted the governor as saying the demise of Eduok is a colossal loss not only to his immediate family but the state at large, lamenting that both the family and the state are in pain for this loss.
“It's a big tragedy and a huge loss for the state especially as we lost two senior officers of the Àir Force within two weeks.
“First loss was on Christmas eve, when the indigenous military governor of the state, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (Rtd.) passed away and just as we were mourning, this gentleman man, an illustrious son, a good adviser of this government just passed on.
“Whatever the Air Force can do to immortalise his name will be appreciated.”
Legit.ng had reported that Air Marshal Eduok died on Wednesday night, January 6 in a hospital where he was undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment. He was aged 73.
The Late Eduok became the 12th Chief of Army Staff on August 27, 1993, an appointment that was reversed a week later by the then military government.
The Akwa Ibom-born retired officer was reputed to be one of the best-trained combat pilots the Nigerian Air Force has produced.
Meanwhile, the Air Force Council (AFC) on Thursday, November 26, approved the promotion of a total of 107 senior officers to the next higher ranks in the NAF.
The affected senior officers comprise 16 Air Commodores (Air Cdres) who were promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal (AVM), 31 Group Captains (Gp Capts) who were promoted to the rank of Air Cdre, 27 Wing Commanders (Wg Cdrs) promoted to the rank of Gp Capt and 33 Squadron Leaders (Sqn Ldrs) promoted to the rank of Wg Cdr.
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