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…EULOGIZES LATE NSIKAK EDUOK

Governor Udom Emmanuel has appealed to the Chief of the Air Staff and other military chiefs to improve on the quota allocated to Akwa Ibom people for recruitment into the Nigerian Air Force and other military services in the country saying.

Speaking at Ibom Hall Ground in Uyo during the funeral service of Late former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Nsikak Eduok(Rtd), he said that with the renowned sterling attributes of Akwa Ibom indigenes, the state indigenes should be given more opportunities in the military services in the country.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the Chief of Air staff that every year you advertise our people apply in numbers please we will use this occasion to solicit for a larger percentage of our people in the Armed Forces”

He bemoaned a situation where only nine people were considered from the state, despite the hundreds of brilliant young people who applied for recruitment into the service from his state.

Governor Emmanuel expressed deep grief over the demise of the late Air Marshal Eduok, whom he described as a trial-blazer, an epitome of courage and a decorated Air Force Officer who will be greatly missed by all.

“I stand here today filled with a deep sense of loss and grief on behalf of the Government and the good people of Akwa Ibom State, to bid farewell to a quintessential Nigerian patriot, a trail-blazer, an epitome of courage and bravery, a decorated Air Force Officer and above all, a husband, father and a devout Christian the Late Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok”.

The governor eulogized the sterling characteristics of honesty, transparency, integrity and inspiring ideals and innovations the late Air Force Officer brought to bear in the course of his career where he rose to the pinnacle of the service.

“The late Air Marshall Eduok was one of our Ambassadors who epitomised the Akwa Ibom defining characteristics of duty, honesty, transparency, integrity, love for country and God and he brought these inspiring ideals to bear in the course of his illustrious career with the Nigerian Air Force where he rose to the pinnacle of that noble Service as the 12th Chief of Air Staff, the first Akwa Ibomite to ever occupy that exalted position”.

“It is on record that during his tenure, he brought about enduring innovations and inspired many of his subordinates who today, are critical members of the lean, agile and fantastic fighting force that the Nigerian Air Force has come to be known for and admired”.

According to Governor Emmanuel, the late Air Marshall Eduok was a dependable statesman whose contributions and services to the country has left indelible mark in the sands of time.

Speaking earlier, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amoa, described late Nsikak Eduok as his personal mentor, and a role model to both serving and retired Air Force officers, saying, “he was a mentor to so many of us both serving and retired and changed the landscape of the service.

“He was one of the best hands in the Nigerian Air Force who steered the tide of the Service towards successes recorded these past years.

“He changed the landscape of the Service and left the scene like a hero while the ovation was still reverberating.

“As the 12th Chief of the Air Staff, he contributed significantly to the development of the Nigerian Air Force. He was my personal mentor, a great fighter Pilot whose transformational approach to leadership tremendously impacted on the development of the Air Force we have today.”

Air Vice Marshal Amoa, expressed gratitude to Governor Udom Emmanuel for the support towards the planning of a befitting burial ceremonies for the Air Marshal Eduok and Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, praying God to comfort their families, the good people of Akwa Ibom State and the entire Nigerian Air Force family.

Delivering his homily on the theme ‘Serving God’s Purpose’ taken from Acts 13: 34-35, the Director of Chaplain Services, Nigerian Air Force Group Capt. D. B Gani said no matter what anyone is or does he will someday answer a call to quit earthly life, hence every man should seek to serve God’s purpose while alive.

Other dignitaries at the event include; the state Deputy Governir Moses Ekpo, Speaker Aniekan Bassey, the Chief Judge, Justice Godwin Abraham, Chief of Army staff represented by Maj. Gen. I M. Jalo . Chief of Defence Staff represented by Rear Admiral Maurice Eno, Chief of Naval staff, represented by Rear Admiral Ayo Banjo, immediate past Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibokette Ibas, former Military Administrator, Group Capt. John Ebiye, former Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen K. T. J. Minima, former Governor of the state and Minister of Niger Delta, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Hon Justice Ita Mbaba, Nat. Legal Adviser of the PDP Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee of APC , Sen John James Akpan Udoedehe, National Assembly members, Senators, members of Exco, captains of Industry and others.

Media Unit
Govt House,Uyo
28/02/21

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