Former National Security Adviser, Late General Andrew Owoye Azazi
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, his Delta State counterpart, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, retired and serving chiefs, captains of industry yesterday extolled the virtues of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), late General Andrew Owoye Azazi.
Azazi alongside five others lost their lives in a helicopter crash, while returning from the funeral ceremony of the father of the Special Adviser to the President on Research and Documentation, late Pa Douglas in Tombi community, Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Speaking during a service of song held in honour of the deceased at Harbour Point, Lagos Island local government area of the state, the governors described Azazi as a rare gift to the nation.
Extolling the virtue of Azazi, Dickson said the larger part of the Nigeria Military Force was gone, noting that his contribution to the security of the nation as well as the reformation of the Force.
Thanking the dignitaries in attendance, the governor said the people of Bayelsa State would miss him a lot, adding that as an indigenes of the state, he contributed to its economic growth, hence his appointment as the Chairman of the state Post-Flood Management Committee.
“My government has lost a major pillar of support, confidant and brother. He was the Nigeria best professional,” he said.
Speaking in the same vein, Uduaghan said the late NSA served Nigeria in uniform and out of uniform, adding that the speech he made in Delta State about the state of security in the country was meant to allow Nigerians examine whether he was right or wrong.
Also, General Alani Akinrinade (rtd.) described him as kind hearted, compassionate and intelligent officer officer, saying he was the only serving officer that looked for me after returning from exile.