Uyo - The Akwa Ibom Government says former Governor of old Cross River, Senator Donald Etiebet will be buried on December 11.
This is contained in a press statement issued in Uyo on Tuesday by the State Commissioner for Information, Aniekan Umanah.
The statement recalled that Etiebet served as governor of the then Cross River from October 1, 1983 to December 31, 1983, when a military coup truncated the Second Republic.
The then Cross River was made up of what is now Akwa Ibom and Cross River.
The statement said the deceased, aged 85, was a lawyer, committed patriot, statesman, community leader and an invaluable asset to Akwa Ibom.
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The government said it "regretted the death of this illustrious son and that the burial as announced was done in consultation with the family.
"We wish to notify members of the public and sympathisers that Mourning House had since been opened with the proclamation of the death of Sen. Etiebet (Akpan Annang).
"We urge friends, associates, the political class and sympathisers to join us to bid our elder statesman farewell," the statement said.
The proclamation of the demise of Governor Etiebet was earlier done by the President of Afe Nkuku Annang, Obong Cosmas Okon Akpan.
The deceased, who passed away on July 22, is the elder brother of the former Minister of Petroleum and PDP Board of Trustee member, Chief Don Etiebet.