The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Vice Marshal (AVM), Oladayo Amao
said that his predecessor, and the 12th Chief of the Air Staff, Late Air Marshal Nsikak-Abasi Essien Eduok, was a warrior who was instrumental to the successful conclusion of the National Peace Enforcement efforts in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
He also disclosed that he was the first CAS to procure an attack helicopter which enhanced the offensive capability and operational effectiveness of the NAF.
AVM Amao said this when late Air Marshal Nsikak-Abasi Essien Eduok, was laid to rest at his country home in Mbak Ekpe on the outskirts of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
Director, Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Ibikunle Daramola in a statement on Sunday said that late Air Marshal Eduok died on 6 January 2021 at the age of 73.
The CAS, AVM Amao, described the late Air Marshal as an amiable personality, a man of valour and integrity and a great achiever, with an unprecedented drive for success.
“He was a mentor to so many of us both serving and retired. He was one of the best hands in the NAF who steered the tide of the Service towards the successes recorded in the past years. He changed the landscape of the Service and left the scene like a hero while the ovation was still reverberating”, the CAS said.
AVM Amao added that even in retirement, the late former CAS continued to make invaluable contributions to the development of the Service, with significant inputs towards the restructuring of the NAF to make it more effective in dealing with contemporary security challenges facing the country.
While condoling with his immediate family for the loss, AVM Amao noted that the late Air Marshal Eduok would be missed for his timely and professional contributions not just to the NAF and Akwa Ibom State, but also to the entire nation.
The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel
expressed a deep sense of loss and grief on behalf of the Government and good people of Akwa Ibom State, as he bade farewell to Late Air Marshal Nsikak Eduok, whom he described as a quintessential Nigerian patriot, a trail-blazer, an epitome of courage and bravery, a decorated Air Force Officer and above all, a husband, father and a devout Christian.
He said the late CAS was one of the Ambassadors in Akwa Ibom State who epitomised the State’s defining characteristics of duty, honesty, transparency, integrity, love for country and God which he brought to bear in the course of his illustrious career with the NAF where he rose to the pinnacle of the Service as the 12th Chief of Air Staff; “the first Akwaibomite to ever occupy that exalted position.