Late Patrick Yakowa
Former chairman, House Committee on Defence, Hon. Oluwole Oke, has called for the immortalisation of the late Kaduna State governor, Patrick Yakowa, and former National Security Adviser, General Andrew Owoye Azazi (rtd), who died in the chopper crash in Bayelsa State, describing the incident as a monumental loss to the country.
In a statement signed by the director-general, Wole Oke Campaign Organisation (WOCO), Mr Yemi Giwa, Oke, who is also a governorship aspirant in Osun State, commiserated with President Goodluck Jonathan, the government and people of Kaduna and Bayelsa States on the loss.
While describing the loss as painful, Oke lamented that the incident has robbed Nigeria of the rich experience of the late leaders at the time this country needed them most.
The former lawmaker, who noted that the country would surely miss the two fine gentlemen, recalled that Azazi was the Chief of Defence Staff when he was the Chairman, Defence Committee of House Representatives.
“The late Azazi was a disciplined, patriotic, forthright and honest Nigerian whom I had good working relationship with. I relied on his strong support towards the establishment of the Armed Forces Games Village and Armed Forces Physical and Training Institute at Esa Oke, Osun State.
“Though Governor Yakowa and General Azazi are gone, their good deeds will never be forgotten and their names will be written in indelible ink in the annals of Nigeria,” Oke said.
The former lawmaker also sympathised with the widows of Yakowa, Azazi and their aides, who suffered similar fate in the crash.
“To me, the wisdom of fair national preservation should convince politicians, businessmen, technocrats, school children, market women etc. to reflect and dance this tune for once. We will accommodate every alliance to realise this, we will respect every commitment we make in this regard. We assure Nigerians, they will get the best deal they have ever seen.”