Saturday, 23 May 2020

Ayade's aide finally laid to rest amidst tears

"The essence of life is the attainment of eternal life, as it is appointed for man to die once, after that is judgment," 

These were the words of Pastor Ubah Samuel while admonishing family members, associates and well wishers of the late Prince Otu Otu Duke whose remains were laid to rest yesterday, 22nd May, 2020 amidst tears.

Born on the 30th day of October, 1959, as the fourth son to the family of late Chief Otu Duke and Elder (Chief) Mrs Amayo Duke of blessed memory, Otu was well schooled and cultured. A prince of the Efik kingdom. 

Prince Otu among other things, delved into politics and in 1998, he became the pioneer vice Chairman of the People's Democratic Party in Calabar South, he was later appointed the Special Adviser on communication, Calabar South LGA and was appointed the Special Adviser on waste management to Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade. An office he occupied till the sad event of his demise occurred on April 3, 2020.

Speaking at the funeral service held in his memory at the family residence in Essien Town, the clergy who spoke on the topic "The Alpha and Omega", said it is only God who know the beginning and the end of Prince Otu. Adding that death was inevitable, and as such people should endeavour to live a life that is worthy of emulation and also leave a lasting legacy behind. He offered a prayer for the bereaved family and also for God to grant the deceased eternal rest.

The remains of Prince Otu Otu Duke, was on Friday committed to mother earth. He was buried at the Essien Town cemetery in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. He left behind two children, wife, brothers, sisters and host of other family members

The burial which had the who is who in town in attendance featured reading of the deceased biography, prayer for the deceased family and reading of here condolence messages from friends and family members, among which were Rt. Hon. Orok Duke and High Chief Edem Duke, Former Minister of Tourism.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the funeral service, the immediate younger brother of the deceased, Rt. Hon. Orok Duke, said the loss of his beloved brother was a sad event which could have been averted if someone had taken action way back in 2015 to address the issue of quackery in the medical professional.

Duke affirmed that Otu's death was a direct consequence of the mismanagement of his medical condition by Covenant Clinic and Maternity (now closed down). He however vowed to ensure that justice was done to all those who allegedly took part in the circumstances that led to his brother's untimely departure.