The Akwa Ibom Government has announced the death of a former Chief of Air Staff, rtd Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok.
This is contained in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem.
He said that Eduok died on Jan. 6 in Uyo, following complications from a kidney failure.
Eduok, 73, was also a former of Minister of Aviation.
Ekuwem described Eduok as an elder statesman that would be missed for his contribution to the development of the state and the nation.
“The Government of Akwa Ibom hereby formally announces the death of Chief of Air Staff and former Minister of Aviation, Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok.
”He died yesterday, 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,” he said.
Eduok was the 12th Chief of Air Staff.
Eduok joined the Nigerian Air Force on Aug. 1, 1968, s a trainee pilot.
In February 1971, Eduok was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.
After that, he attended various professional and staff courses in Nigeria and abroad.
A trained combat pilot, Eduok was a pilot in various aircraft types within and outside Nigeria, these include the L-29, L-39, MiG 15, MiG 17, MiG 21 and the MB-339.