Akhigbe Was A Courageous Leader Says Gov. Uduaghan

AkhigbeDelta State Governor, Dr Uduaghan has described Admiral Mike Akhigbe as a courageous leader who always spoke truth to power even in face of daunting challenges and at great risk to his personal life.

Uduaghan, in a statement by Felix Ofou, his press secretary also described former number two citizen as a disciplinarian who lived a spartan life and insisted the interest of the masses must be considered critical national decisions are taken.

Notwithstanding his military background, the governor applauded Akhigbe’s pro-people initiatives, resulting among in his joining hands with General Abdulsalami Abubakar to return to civilian in May, 1999 as well as helping to nurture it.

“Admiral Akhigbe was a fine naval , a gentleman and patriot who rose to the pinnacle of his career, including being appointed as the Chief of General Staff (CGS) or number two to General Abdulsalami Abubakar. And it is to their collective credit was returned to civilian in May, 1999”, he noted.

Governor Uduaghan further recalled Akhigbe, after leaving offices, joined forces with other patriots to nurture the country’s fragile , opposing any suggestion for the military to return to power. “He joined partisan politics and was against the use of force or thuggery in winning elections.He was one of the ex-generals who admitted that military rule was an aberration and helped to stem its tide”

The Delta State chief executive said Admiral Akhigbe was a definite loss to the people of Edo State, the military and the nation at large, and prayed God to the family and all concerned, the fortitude to bear the loss.

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