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Obasanjo, Jonathan, Osinbajo, Lawan, Saraki, others in Uyo for burial of Gov. Emmanuel’s father


L – R President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan; and Dame Patience Jonathan in Akwa-Ibom State on Saturday for the burial ceremony of Late Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang.
L – R President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; and Governor of Ekiti State, John Kayode Fayemi in Akwa-Ibom State for the burial of Late Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang, father of the Governor, Emmanuel Udom.
L – R President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom; and Senator Bassey Akpan at the burial ceremony of Late Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang, father of the Governor.

L – R Governor of Ekiti State, John Kayode Fayemi; Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday in Akwa-Ibom State at the burial Ceremony of Late Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang, father of the Governor, Emmanuel Udom.
L – R Deputy Governor, Moses Ekpo; President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; Senator Uche Ekwunife; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Senator Obinna Ogba; Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom; Senators Gabriel Suswam; and Olamilekan Adeola after the burial ceremony.

By Chijioke Okoronkwo

 

Uyo, Feb. 15, 2020

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan alongside his wife, Patience, on Saturday attended the funeral service of Elder Emmanuel Nkanang, father of Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom Ibom State.

The service was conducted by  the United Evangelical Church/Qua Iboe Church, Awa-Iman, Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

Born on May 7, 1929, Nkanang passed on Dec. 1, 2019, at the age of 90.

Serving governors present included Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Ben Ayade of Cross River, Godwin Obaseki of Edo, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Abubakar Bello of Niger and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto States.

Other Governors that attended the service were Adegboyega Oyetola of  Osun, Seyi Makinde of Oyo and Nyesom Wike of Rivers States.

The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, and immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, were also at the event.

The event also attracted former governors, members of the political class, members of the judiciary and members the National Assembly, including former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremmadu, and Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe.

Members of the Federal Executive Council, service chiefs, clergy and traditional rulers also put in appearance including the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi.

In a goodwill message, Osinbajo said that the late Nkanang did not only spread the gospel but mentored many people.

“Papa was in his life time, a legendary teacher and headmaster who taught and mentored thousands of students many of whom are here today to celebrate his life and times.

“But his greatest legacy will be his faithful and prolific spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ through the Qua Iboe Church.

“He planted several churches not just in this state and environs but also as far as the North Central zone of Nigeria through the great work that he did.

“It was clear to all that not only was he a teacher and a mentor of men, he was also a spiritual leader and father to many,” he said.

In a tribute, Gov. Udom said he was overwhelmed and felt loved by the quality, and level, of turn out which cut across political, religious and ethnic divides.

He said he was grateful to all those who came to commiserate with him.

Udom said that his father distinguished himself in his endeavours; impacted positively on his children and left legacies worthy of emulation.

“My father was a man of character, man of substance, a disciplinarian, a mentor and inspiration.

“Papa, we will never forget you; your memories and legacies,” he said.

The sermon was moderated by Rev Samuel Ebukiba, Chairman, World Conference of United Evangelical Church.

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