Akwa Ibom Government on Thursday expressed grief over the death of a former chief of air staff Rtd Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok.
A statement by the Secretary to the State Government Emmanuel Ekuwem described Eduok as an elder statesman that would be missed for his contribution to the development of the state and the nation.
Eduok died on January 6 in Uyo, following complications from kidney failure.
The 73-year-old was also a former minister of aviation.
“The Government of Akwa Ibom hereby formally announces the death of Chief of Air Staff and former Minister of Aviation, Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok,” the statement reads.
”He died yesterday (Wednesday), Jan. 6, 2021 in Uyo. The information from his doctors indicate that he died of end-stage kidney failure.
“The late elder statesman was a respected Nigerian, who contributed greatly to the development of our country and state.
“Gov. Udom Emmanuel, is greatly grieved by the news of his death and extends his condolences to the bereaved family. May his gentle soul rest in peace, Amen.”
Eduok joined the Nigerian Air Force on August 1, 1968, as a trainee pilot.
In February 1971, he was commissioned a second lieutenant.
After that, he attended various professional and staff courses in Nigeria and abroad.