The first indigenous governor of Akwa Ibom Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (retd) had been confirmed dead by the Akwa Ibom State Government on Friday morning. The government made this known in a statement signed by the SSG Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem on Saturday, revealing that Nkanga died on the 24th of December due to Covid-19 complications.
According to reports, Nkanga was the President of the Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum(PANDEF) and former Director-General of the Divine Mandate Campaign Organization, that ushered Governor Udom Emmanuel into office in 2019 before his death
Also from the statement, ”The Governor, HE Udom Emmanuel is greatly saddened by the news of his passing and condoles with the bereaved family. Consequently, the Governor has declared a seven day period of mourning effective Saturday, 26th December 2020. Flags are to be flown at half-mast for the entire duration of the mourning in the state.”