Eulogies for Air Marshal Nsikak Eduok at funeral
• Force Names Ultrafit Gymnasium Centre At Nigerian Air Force Base, Yola, After Him
The Chief of Air Staff, Oladayo Amao, yesterday, described the late Air Marshal Nsikak Eduok, as “a man of valour, integrity and a great achiever with unprecedented strive for success.” He spoke at his funeral service held in Akwa Ibom State.
The Force also decided to immortalise him by naming Ultrafit Gymnasium Centre at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Yola, Adamawa State after him.
He said Eduok was one of the best hands the force had, one who changed the landscape of the service and was a mentor to many retired and serving officers.
“He was my mentor. His astuteness, and his dedication during his sojourn on earth made significant and considerable impact on our lives and Nigerian Air Force as a whole. While serving as Chief of Air Staff, Eduok brought operational and administrative experiences to bear in steering the affairs of the Nigerian Air Force…”
He assured of NAF’s continuous support to the state in trying times, recalling that, two weeks ago, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga was also interred.
Former military President,General Ibrahim Babangida, described him as “an officer, who distinguished himself while serving the country,” adding that, Akwa Ibom State and Nigerians have lost a rare gem.
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, described Eduok as “one who played significant role during the Nigerian civil war,” noting that he worked tirelessly to build an efficient and effective Air Force.
Earlier, Akwa Ibom state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, lamented that the country, the Air Force, the Church and the people of Akwa Ibom State had lost a rare gem.
Emmanuel said: “This is not an exciting day for me. Within a very short time, we have lost so many personalities. Today, I feel the pains of recent occurrences. Today, I looked at the picture I took with Major General Akpan, Air Commodore Nkanga and Air Marshall Eduok. Three of them in a row are all gone. Something struck me on the emptiness of life…”
Dignitaries present included former military administrator of Akwa Ibom State, John Ebiye, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta, Ita Enang, immediate past Chief of Naval Staff, Ibokette Ibas, former minister and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, among others
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