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Nkanga Was God's Instrument Of Service - State Council Of Chiefs

Akwa Ibom State Coun-cil of Chiefs headed by the Oku Ibom Ibibio, Ntenyin Solomon D. Etuk, has said the late former military governor of the state was used by God as an instrument of service to humanity. Oku Ibom Ibibio made the assertion during a condolence visit to the Ikot Nya, Nsit Ibom country home of Nkanga. Ntenyin Etuk, who was represented by the paramount ruler of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area, Edidem Udo Joe Ntok Obom, took time to eulogize the leadership prowess of the deceased whom he described as a pathfinder. "It is a sad moment for us as paramount rulers and clan heads to realize that our son is no more. He was an instrument of service to the state, country and humanity. He was a pathfinder. "As a God-sent son, he came here and decided to perform wonders. As military governor, he built the secretariat when there was no money. He built Ibom Hall and even the Women Development Centre. He left legacies everywhere he went, he recalled. The Oku Ibom also applauded the late Nkanga for always respecting the traditional institution. "God should replace the man he has removed from this family, he prayed. Also speaking were three paramount rulers from the three senatorial districts of the state. Speaking on behalf of Uyo Senatorial District, paramount ruler of Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government, Edidem Clement Ekpenyong said Nkanga was a worthy son and great pillar for the senatorial district. He lauded him for leaving indelible legacies on the sands of time. For Eket Senatorial District, paramount ruler of Udung Uko LGA, Edidem Bassey Etim Edet, said the deceased was a strict disciplinarian who never allowed his exalted status in life sway him from the path of modesty. The monarch recalled that as military governor, Nkanga conducted a free and fair local government election which he (Edet) won even despite being an opposition candidate. He prayed for repose of his soul and urged his family to be comforted. For Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Akuku Joseph J. Okosi, paramount ruler of Ika LGA, described the loss as one of the shocking occurrences in recent times. He stressed that as an illustrious son of the state, Akwa Ibom must operate on the virtues of peaceful coexistence, commitment and transparency as exemplified by the late Nkanga. Speaking on behalf of Assembly of Clan Heads in Akwa Ibom State, Etebom Ubong Essien Okokon asserted that "the state has lost an indefatigable icon and rare gem. Responding on behalf of the family, brother to the deceased, Mr Ekan Okon Nkanga, thanked the delegation for the all-round support they have received so far from traditional rulers in the state. He promised that the family will sustain the rapport forged with the state council of chiefs. Other family members in attendance were: Mrs Funmi Idongesit Nkanga -widow of the deceased, Mrs Maria - sister of the deceased, Elder Amanam Nkanga - brother of the deceased, and Obong Wilson Ndem. The traditional rulers' delegation was made up of paramount rulers and clan heads across the state.

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