A pan Akwa Ibom socio-political organization, the Ibom Patriots has expressed sadness over the death of His Excellency, Late Otuekong (Air Commodore) Idongesit Okon Nkanga (Rtd.), OFR, who served as the first indigenous Military Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
In a letter of condolence to the widow of the deceased, Mrs. Mosunsola Funmi Idongesit-Nkanga and family, Ibom Patriots recalled the services rendered by the late retired Air Force officer while alive and regretted that his death is indeed devastating.
The group’s condolence message signed by the chancellor, Obong Bassey Inuaeyen and Secretary General, Barr. Usenobong Akpabio, reads, “Ibom Patriots is really saddened by the death of our distinguished Patron, His Excellency, Late Otuekong (Air Commodore) Idongesit Okon Nkanga, OFR.
“His passage is quite evocative. The late retired military officer was a very distinctive personality, who lived his life for the betterment of the society and humanity in general. In our fold – Ibom Patriots, he was a reliable pillar and was always very accessible.
“We can recall that as the first indigenous Military Governor of Akwa Ibom State from September 1990 to January 1992, he worked assiduously to give meaning to the then new state by embarking on key developmental projects, one being the state secretariat, rightfully christened: Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat Complex; as a tribute to his leadership and memory.”
According to Ibom Patriots, “In his post military life, he offered his time, energy and resources in community, state and national services. He served successfully as the Director-General of Divine Mandate, the political campaign organization that ushered Governor Udom Emmanuel into office in Akwa Ibom State in the 2015 & 2019 Elections.
“Also, as chairman of the Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF), he championed relentlessly the rights and interests of Akwa Ibom State, the South-South Region and the nation at large.”
Ibom Patriots therefore empathize with the widow, Mrs Mosunsola Funmi Idongesit-Nkanga, the larger Nkanga’s family, Ikot Nya community, Nsit Ibom L.G.A., nay the entire Akwa Ibom State on his passage.
The body said that it has indeed “lost a valuable patron, compatriot and elder Statesman,” and committed her and the family to God for His mercies and fortitude to bear the demise of such an enigmatic leader, husband, son, brother, uncle and grandfather.”
The pan Akwa Ibom group also prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed, Late Idongesit Okon Nkanga.