The Chairman Cross River Basin Development Authority, Hon Eseme Eyiboh has sent a message of condolence to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State Mr. Udom Emmanuel on the demise of his father, Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang, who died recently at the age of 90.
In the message, Hon Eyiboh expressed sadness at the death of the elder statesman, whom he said was closely known to him during his membership of the National Assembly. He described the late Nkanang as a “teacher extraordinary, strong community leader, social mobiliser and religious pathfinder”. He regretted that such a ‘good heart has stopped beating and a good soul ascended to heaven”.
“Elder Nkanang, as a teacher contributed immensely to the shaping of the lives of many children, who today are occupying high places of responsibilities leveraging on the great moral and intellectual impartation they received from this iconic teacher.
“As a community leader, he was a symbol of truth and integrity, characteristics that stood him out as conscience of his society. He shared freely of his enormous experiences, shaping lives of those of us who were privileged to come his way,” the message read.
Continuing, Hon Eyiboh wrote, “We are consoled that in you, he has left some of those great attributes of character, integrity, discipline, hard work and social responsibility. Keep on reflecting the best parts of your father, thanks to the loving way he raised you. Take comfort in your memories as you grieve.
“To the people of Akwa Ibom State, your fathers passing has left an immense void because he truly was an outstanding man. But collectively, we believe the words of Thomas Bailey Aldrich, “What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, star-dust or sea-foam, flower or winged air”.