President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and grief over the death of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Ufot Ekaette, describing him as “a consummate administrator and bridge-builder”.
In a condolence message released today in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari noted that the deceased dedicated himself to work in the course of his public service.
The President condoled with the Ekaette family, the government and the people of Akwa Ibom over Ekaette’s death, assuring them that the deceased will always be remembered for his remarkable public service and his immense contributions towards bringing peace in the once-troubled Niger Delta region .
Buhari added that the late Ekaette was a good man who has contributed greatly to the prosperity of his country, adding that his death came at a crucial time when his voice was needed to move Nigeria forward in the face of the discouraging challenges which it is currently facing.
The President then prayed for the repose of the deceased’s soul as well as for the fortitude for the deceased’s family members to bear the loss.