Nigeria’s former Chief of Air Staff, Nsikak Eduok, is dead, the Akwa Ibom state government has announced.
The announcement of his death was conveyed in a statement signed by Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State government.
“The Government of Akwa Ibom State hereby formally announces the death of a former Chief of Air Staff and former Minister of Aviation, Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok(Rtd). He died yesterday, 6th January, 2021 in Uyo.” The statement read.
According to the statement, Mr Eduok, 73, died on Wednesday, 6th of January, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, from prolonged kidney issues.
“The information from his doctors indicate that he died of end-stage kidney failure.”
“His Excellency the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, is greatly grieved by the news of his death and extends his condolences to the bereaved family.”Akwa Ibom state government
Mr Eduok enlisted into the Nigeria Air Force in 1968 and became the 12th Chief of Army Staff on August 27, 1993, an appointment that was reversed a week later by the then military government.
He was reappointed Chief of Air Staff on March 30, 1996 by General Sani Abacha.
Buhari mourns ex-Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Nsikak Eduok
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of former Minister of Aviation, and 12th Chief of the Air Staff, retired Air Marshal Nsikak Eduok.
In a condolence message by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday, Buhari described Eduok’s death as a huge loss to the nation, particularly all those he inspired and mentored in tactical air operations.
Buhari commiserated with government and people of Akwa Ibom, friends and associates of the deceased, affirming that he lived a life of service to the nation and humanity, with distinguished results in all endeavours.
He prayed for the repose of his soul and for God’s comfort over the family.
Mr Eduok retired from the Nigerian military in 1999. He was reputed to be one of the best trained combat pilots the Nigerian Air Force has produced.