Thursday, September 26, 2019

Ufot Ekaette, former SGF, is dead, Buhari mourns

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG), Ufot Ekaette, is dead. Mr Ekaette, 80, from Akwa Ibom State, was once a deputy governor of the state in the era of military rule in Nigeria.

He was appointed SGF in May 1999 by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He served Mr Obasanjo’s administration in that position for eight years and was later appointed the first minister of the Niger Delta Affairs ministry by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

It is unclear for now when Mr Ekaette passed on. A statement from President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday morning expressed shock over Mr Ekaette’s death.

The statement signed by the president’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the former SGF was “a gentleman who had given his best in the service of his country”.

The president condoled with the late Ekaette’s family, the government, and people of Akwa Ibom State, and prayed for God to comfort them.

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