- Akwa Ibom state is mourning at the moment
- The state has lost some of its prominent indigenes in the last few weeks
- The Rivers state government led by Nyesom Wike has identified with Akwa Ibom in these trying times
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has commiserated with his Akwa Ibom counterpart, Mr. Udom Emmanuel over the recent loss of prominent indigenes of the state.
Wike described the death of the state chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Udo Ekpenyong, and the chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga rtd., as a grave loss not just to Akwa Ibom state but the entire south-south region.
Wike who was on a condolence visit to Governor Emmanuel at Government House Uyo, on Thursday, January 21 said what touches Akwa Ibom touches Rivers state.
According to Wike, Idongesit Nkanga’s death was unfortunate, untimely and a sad event for both the people of Akwa Ibom and Rivers states, explaining that the loss is happening in a time when he had become a strong voice in the Niger-Delta and was at the frontline of agitations for the restructuring of Nigeria.
He, however, encouraged Governor Emmanuel to draw consolation from the word of God and hold onto his faith as a Christian, adding that only God is all-knowing and cannot be questioned by man over what he has allowed.
He also assured the Akwa Ibom governor that he and the Rivers state government will be fully involved in all levels of the funeral arrangements for the two.
Recall that Governor Emmanuel had earlier asked the federal government and the Nigerian Air Force to immortalise Late Air Marshal Nsikak Eduok (rtd.).
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 Saddique Abubakar on Saturday, January 9 who was in Akwa Ibom state on a condolence visit to the governor and the family of the late Air Marshal Eduok.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Air Marshal Eduok died on Wednesday night, January 6 in a hospital where he was undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
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.
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