Senator (Engr.) Clifford Ordia, representing Edo Central, has expressed deep and heartfelt sadness over the demise of legendary, outstanding Naval Officer and illustrious son of Esan Land, Admiral Joe Aikhomu (Retd).
The statement conveying the condolence message of the Senator reads:
“The sudden and most painful transition of my beloved brother, friend and confidant, Rear Admiral Joseph Omozuwa Aikhomu, (rtd), to eternal rest at this time in our nation’s struggle for lasting peace, security and safety is indeed devastating to the Nation at large. You left us when your wealth of knowledge, experience and intelligence are most needed.
“As the Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command and as Chief of Administration at the Naval Headquarters, you distinguished and gave a good account of yourself as a worthy Son of the Esan Nation.
“Through dint of hard work and uncommon display of professionalism and competence, you successfully neutralized the activities of pirates and other criminal gangs within the Gulf of Guinea and Calabar waters, that made maritime businesses between Nigeria and many other Economic Community of African States a nightmare.
“Your exceptional performance in the ECOMOG West Africa Peacekeeping Operation and the United Nation’s Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission brought dignity and honour to Nigeria among the Comity of Nations. Your unequalled brilliance and innovative acumen are well documented at Harvard Business School in Massachusetts, USA where you resonated and distinguished yourself in leadership and statesmanship.
“This collosal loss is not only the pain of Esan or Edo nation, but Nigeria. The entire nation has been thrown into deep grief by the demise of our own widely celebrated security expert and detrabilised Nigerian.
“On behalf of myself, my dear wife and the entire people of Edo Central Senatorial District, I pray eternal repose on the graceful soul of our accomplished Admiral and entreat God Almighty to grant us, his family and friends the fortitude to bear this unquantifiable loss.
“Okinbue” my most amiable and worthy brother.”