Posted by News Express | 28 February 2018 | 762 times
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has expressed sadness over the death of Col. Joseph Achuzia, a former civil war veteran and Ikemba of Asaba.
The Governor, in a condolence statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu in Asaba on Wednesday, recalled Achuzia’s active and remarkable role in the Nigeria Civil War days.
He noted that the deceased was a brilliant and dedicated military officer who served his people selflessly, adding that late Achuzia was one of the finest military officers of his generation. “That Achuzia’s passion for an egalitarian society was worthy of emulation, recalling that until his death, he had been an active community leader in spite of his advanced age,” Okowa said.
The Governor mourned the late “patriot and nationalist who has left behind an impressive legacy of discipline, honesty, integrity and hard work in military service.”
“On behalf of my family, the Government and people of Delta State, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Achuzia family, the Asagba in Council on the death of Col. Joseph Achuzia, ‘the Ikemba of Asaba’, an illustrious and dedicated elder statesman,” Okowa said.
He said he believes that the late Achuzia, who had a distinguished career as a soldier in both the Nigerian and Biafran armies, would be long remembered for his dedication and passion for a just and equitable society.
“As the nation mourns him, the Governor urges Col. Achuzia’s family, friends and associates to honour his memory by continually upholding the values and principles which he lived for and never stopped fighting for till his death.
“Governor Okowa prays that Almighty God will comfort all who mourn him and grant his soul perfect peace,” the statement said.
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