Ex President, Olusegun Obasanjo has hailed the late Chief Ufot Joseph Esuaiko Ekaette who worked with him for 8 years as the SGF.
During his funeral at Saint Joseph Anglican Church, Ikot Edor, Obasanjo said he was honored to have met and appointed Chief Ufot as the SGF for two terms.
He added that he gained from his massive wealth of experience which helped to steady his government.
According to OBJ, Ekaette worked extra hard to make Nigeria a better place for everyone.
His words, “Chief Ufot Ekaette was the brain box of the administration we served and I am happy and proud to say that he was behind many achievements we recorded as an administration.”
“Ekaette worked very hard to make Nigeria better and gave all he had to ensure a better country for all Nigerians.
“That’s why we are here today not to mourn our late icon and bastion of integrity but to celebrate him for what he stood for: integrity, diligence, hard work, loyalty, commitment, honesty, and contentment.
” Ekaette stood steadfastly to defend Nigeria as my SGF and stabilised the ship of state.
“He never complained for one day and didn’t fail in the discharge of his duties.
He never quarreled with any other government functionary till he died.”
R.I.P Ufot Ekaette.
Chief Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, born 5 March 1937) is a former Nigerian Army general who was President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. Obasanjo was a career soldier before serving twice as his nation’s head of state: He served as a military ruler from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979 and as a democratically elected president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. From July 2004 to January 2006, Obasanjo also served as Chairperson of the African Union. Obasanjo is the first Nigerian to serve as a military head of state and a civilian president.
In 1948, Obasanjo enrolled into Saint David Ebenezer School at Ibogun, for his primary school education. From 1952 to 1957, he attended Baptist Boys’ High School (BBHS), Abeokuta, for his secondary school education. In the same school he was a member of Literary and Debating Society and the Boys Scouts Movement.
In 1958, Olusegun Obasanjo joined the Nigerian Army. Some of his studies and training included Mons Cadet School, Aldershot, England; Royal College of Military Engineers, Chatham, England; School of Survey, Newbury, England; College of Military Engineering, Poona; and the Royal College of Defence Studies, London.
During the administration of Sani Abacha (1993–1998), Obasanjo spoke out against the human rights abuses of the regime, and was imprisoned for alleged participation in an aborted coup based on testimony obtained via torture. He was released only after Abacha’s sudden death on 8 June 1998. While in prison, Obasanjo became a born-again Christian.
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