GOVERNOR WIKE SAYS THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF PANDEF CHAIRMAN, AIR COMMODORE IDONGESIT NKANGA WAS A BLOW TO NIGER DELTA STRUGGLE
Written by miebaka ikiriko on January 22, 2021
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says the untimely death of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) Chairman, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, (rtd) has dealt a severe blow to Niger Delta struggle.
Governor Wike made this assertion when he visited the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom at the Government House, Uyo on Thursday to commiserate with him over the death of Nkanga and the State Chairman of PDP, Udo Ekpenyong.
The Rivers State governor said the death of the PANDEF Chairman has created a deep void in the agitation for restructuring of Nigeria in line with the principle of true federalism.
Governor Wike who described the death of both the PANDEF and PDP chairmen as painful, urged Governor Udom and the people of Akwa Ibom State to take solace in God over the death of these two great sons of the State.
He noted that the Rivers State government will collaborate with Akwa Ibom State government to support the family of the late PANDEF Chairman and accord him a befitting funeral in appreciation of the immense contribution to the Niger Delta struggle.
Governor Wike, also lamented the abrupt death of Ekpenyong who was just recently elected Chairman of the party in the State.
In his responses, Governor Emmanuel Udom, thanked Governor Wike and Rivers state delegation for standing by the people of Akwa Ibom in their moment of grief.
Governor Udom said the death of Nkanga, who was the Director General of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Divine Mandate Campaign organization 2015 and 2019, was emotionally devastating to him and the people of the State.
He urged the governors of the South-South states to collaborate with the Akwa Ibom government to give Nkanga a befitting funeral next month.
Governor Udom who described death as a mystery that only God understands, said he was saddened about the death of his state party chairman, who according to him, epitomizes loyalty.