‘You Were A Consummate Administrator And Bridge Builder’, Buhari Lauds Late Ekaette

Buhari lauds late Ekkaete for dedicating himself to duty in the course of his distinguished public service.

He assured that Nigeria would always appreciate and remember his great contributions.

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the former Secretary to the Federal Government, (SGF) late Chief Ufot Ekaette as a consummate administrator who dedicated himself to duty in the course of his distinguished public service.

The President who expressed shock and grief over the death of the former SGF in a condolence statement extolled the late Ekaette “as a gentleman who had given his best in the service of his country.”

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“The late Ekaette would always be remembered not only for his remarkable public service record but also because of his immense contributions towards bringing peace in the once-troubled Niger Delta region,” Buhari was quoted saying in the statement released by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity on Thursday.

While condoling the Ekaette family, the government and people of Akwa Ibom State over the death of the former SGF, President Buhari expressed regret that Ekaette’s passage comes at a time when voices like his own are needed to move Nigeria forward in the face of daunting challenges.

While assuring that his contributions would never be in vain as the country would always appreciate and remember his great contributions, Buhari prayed God Almighty to comfort the Ekaette family, friends and relations, and grant the soul of the departed eternal rest.

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Ekaette who died aged 80 was a former deputy governor of the state in the era of military rule in Nigeria before being appointed SGF in May 1999 by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo where he served for eight years and was later appointed the first minister of the Niger Delta Affairs ministry by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

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