President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday expressed shock over the passing of a former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Ufot Ekaette.
The President described him as “a consummate administrator who dedicated himself to duty in the course of his distinguished public service.”
“The late Ekaette will 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,” a State House statement by Buhari’s spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, quoted the President to have said.
Also, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, described the late Ekaette as a thoroughbred bureaucrat.
In a statement by his media aide, Ola Awoniyi, the Senate President recalled Ekaette’s contribution to nation-building, saying “the Nigerian public service benefited from his tremendous expertise, dedication and commitment.”
The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, also described the late Ekaette as “an honest elder statesman who made indelible contributions to the development of not only Akwa Ibom State but Nigeria in general.”
Similarly, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo said the news of Ekaette’s death shocked him, describing the late ex-SGF as a patriot.
In a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said Ekaette was instrumental in the transformation witnessed within the civil service between 1999 and 2007 when he (Obasanjo) was President.