Abuja - Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, paid tribute to the late Admiral Mike Okhai Akhigbe, the one-time Chief of General Staff and Vice President of Nigeria.
He died on Monday in New York after a long battle with throat cancer.
The Fugar-born politician was aged 67.
“It is with a sad heart that I mourn the death of Vice Admiral Akhigbe, an elder statesman, a pan-Nigeria nationalist, a man of uncommon qualities and an illustrious son of Edo State,” the governor said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria.
“Vice Admiral Akhigbe’s track records as former military Governor of Lagos and old Ondo states, as Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of General Staff are indelible. He no doubt discharged his duties creditably and left huge imprints in the sands of time. Indeed, we owe him a great debt of gratitude for his invaluable contributions which led to the nascent democracy being enjoyed in the nation today.”
The governor added that in Edo State, Admiral Akhigbe was a pillar of support as he had cause to disagree with his political party at several times while championing a good cause for the state .
He said Vice Admiral Akhigbe, no doubt, had lived his life to the fullest and made indelible mark both as a disciplined military officer and as an administrator.
“His death has no doubt robbed Edo state and Nigeria of one of her brightest minds. We feel even more pained that death robbed us of Vice Admiral Akhigbe at this time while we still mourn the passage of another illustrious son of the state, Prof Omo Omoruyi. However, as we mourn, we take solace that he contributed his best and gave his all to the state and the country; for these, the people and Government of Edo State are grateful and proud.”
“He appealed to God to grant the soul of the departed Vice Admiral peaceful eternal rest in His bosom and grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss,” Oshiomhole’s spokesperson said.
– CAJ News