Emmanuel urges Nigerian Air force to immortalize late Eduok

By Bassey Anthony, Uyo

Akwa Ibom governor Udom Emmanuel has urged the Nigerian Air Force to immortalize former Chief of Air Staff, late Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok (rtd) in view of his immense contributions to the nation.

Emmanuel made the request on Saturday when the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar paid him a condolence visit at the Government House Uyo.

He also disclosed that the government has tentatively fixed February 4th, 5th, and 6th for the burial ceremonies of the first indigenous military administrator of the state late Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga(rtd), who died of Covid-19 complications on the 24th of December, 2020.

The governor lamented that the death of Nkanga and Eduok, two retired top-ranking officers of the Air Force, was a great loss to the nation and the state in particular.

His words, ”It is a big tragedy and a huge loss to the state, especially when we have lost two senior airforce officers from the state within two weeks. The first indigenous military administrator of the state, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga who died on Christmas eve.

”We were mourning Nkanga when this gentleman and illustrious son of the state, a very good adviser to the state passed on so you can imagine how we are feeling but we cannot question God because the secret things belong to God Almighty.

”So I also want to make an appeal that we, first of all, bury the first indigenous military administrator, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga. I think tentatively we have fixed the burial for 4th, 5th, and 6th February and we will let you know officially so that the Air Force can participate officially.

”I really want to use this opportunity to urge you to pray for the family especially the children because it is not easy to lose a father.

”It is a great loss to the family, the state, and the present government but whatever the Air Force can do to immortalize his name we will appreciate it. We believe the Nigerian Air Force will do something.

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”It remains in history that he was the only man alive to have been appointed twice as the Chief of Air Staff so that alone should qualify him for the Air Force to immortalize, at least something for our illustrious son.”

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, who spoke earlier, moaned the demise of Nkanga and Eduok, adding that the passing of the duo was a great tragedy and loss to the Nigerian Air Force and the country at large.

”’We are here to condole with the government and people of Akwa Ibom state over the loss of Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok, a great fighter pilot. He was somebody we relied on for advice in the last five years on how to move the Air Force forward.

”Air Marshall Eduok was a great General who contributed significantly to the development of the Nigerian Air Force. Some of us who had the privilege of working under him even though as detachment commanders had the opportunity to see him in action,” he said.

The Chief of Air Staff had earlier paid a condolence visit to the widow of Late Eduok, Uduak.

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