Akwa Ibom State
Coun-cil of Chiefs
headed by the Oku
Ibom Ibibio, Ntenyin Solomon
D. Etuk, has said the late former
military governor of the state was
used by God as an instrument of
service to humanity.
Oku Ibom Ibibio made the assertion during a condolence visit
to the Ikot Nya, Nsit Ibom country home of Nkanga. Ntenyin Etuk, who was represented by the paramount ruler of
Ikot Abasi Local Government
Area, Edidem Udo Joe Ntok
Obom, took time to eulogize the
leadership prowess of the deceased whom he described as a
"It is a sad moment for us as
paramount rulers and clan heads
to realize that our son is no more.
He was an instrument of service
to the state, country and humanity. He was a pathfinder.
"As a God-sent son, he came
here and decided to perform wonders. As military governor, he built
the secretariat when there was no
money. He built Ibom Hall and
even the Women Development
Centre. He left legacies everywhere he went, he recalled.
The Oku Ibom also applauded
the late Nkanga for always respecting the traditional institution.
"God should replace the man
he has removed from this family, he prayed.
Also speaking were three paramount rulers from the three senatorial districts of the state.
Speaking on behalf of Uyo Senatorial District, paramount ruler of Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government, Edidem Clement
Ekpenyong said Nkanga was a
worthy son and great pillar for
the senatorial district.
He lauded him for leaving indelible legacies on the sands of
For Eket Senatorial District,
paramount ruler of Udung Uko
LGA, Edidem Bassey Etim Edet,
said the deceased was a strict disciplinarian who never allowed his
exalted status in life sway him
from the path of modesty.
The monarch recalled that as
military governor, Nkanga conducted a free and fair local government election which he (Edet)
won even despite being an opposition candidate.
He prayed for repose of his
soul and urged his family to be
For Ikot Ekpene Senatorial
District, Akuku Joseph J. Okosi,
paramount ruler of Ika LGA, described the loss as one of the
shocking occurrences in recent
He stressed that as an illustrious son of the state, Akwa Ibom must operate on the virtues of
peaceful coexistence, commitment and transparency as exemplified by the late Nkanga.
Speaking on behalf of Assembly of Clan Heads in Akwa Ibom
State, Etebom Ubong Essien
Okokon asserted that "the state
has lost an indefatigable icon and
Responding on behalf of the
family, brother to the deceased,
Mr Ekan Okon Nkanga, thanked
the delegation for the all-round
support they have received so far
from traditional rulers in the state.
He promised that the family
will sustain the rapport forged
with the state council of chiefs.
Other family members in attendance were: Mrs Funmi Idongesit
Nkanga -widow of the deceased,
Mrs Maria - sister of the deceased, Elder Amanam Nkanga -
brother of the deceased, and
Obong Wilson Ndem.
The traditional rulers' delegation was made up of paramount
rulers and clan heads across the