The Akwa Ibom Government on Saturday mourned Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (retd), the Chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum and former Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State under the regime of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.
The government also declared a seven-day period of mourning effective December 26, 2020.
The Air Commodore in the Nigerian Air Force was said to have died on the eve of Christmas at the age of 68.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Emmanuel Ekuwem, and made available to newsmen in Uyo on Saturday, the government noted that all flags would be flown at half-mast throughout the period of mourning.
Ekuwem in his statement said, “The Government of Akwa Ibom State hereby formally announces the death of a former Military Governor of our state, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, who died at night on Dec. 24.
“The information from the Isolation Centre where he was admitted and managed, indicates that the first indigenous military governor of our state and leader of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum died from complications resulting from COVID-19 infection.
“Requisite protective protocol and contact tracing have been immediately activated,” Ekuwem said.
Nkanga was the Director-General of Gov. Udom Emmanuel’s ‘Divine Mandate Campaign organisation’ in 2015 and 2019.
He was also the Chairman of Ibom Airport Development Company and Ibom Air.
“The Governor, Udom Emmanuel is greatly saddened by the news of his passage and condoles with the bereaved family.
“Consequently, the governor has declared a seven-day period of mourning effective Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. Flags are to be flown at half-mast for the duration of mourning in the state,” the statement added.