Monday, 11 January 2021

Adah Bekwarra was father to all -Ayade morns Chief Okom


Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade, has described the death of Ada Bekwarra, Chief Linus Emonshe Okom (OON, JP) as a monumental loss to the Bekwarra nation, the Northern Senatorial District, as well as the entire state. 
The governor said the late elder statesman was a father to all.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Christian Ita, Ayade described late Okom as "an Iroko, an avatar, a unique hen who gathered her brood under her wings. As an Iroko that he was, he offered a canopy to other shrubs."
Describing the former Governing Board Chairman of NYSC; Federal College of Education, Obudu and Federal College of Education Technical, Omoku, Rivers State as a great patriot, a selfless and detribalized leader, who  brought a lot of stability to Bekwarra and the entire northern Cross River, the governor expressed regret that "the void left with the painful death of the inimitable elder statesman would be difficult to fill."

Lauding the fallen statesman's towering contributions to the politics of northern Cross River, Ayade noted that "indeed, as Northern Senatorial Caucus Chairman, Ada Bekwarra was an exemplary politician and a political manure who nourished us through his promotion of public good and enduring probity, sterling and cohesive leadership necessary for the unity of the zone."

The governor said Ada Bekwarra "was an epitome of humility, a devout Christian who lived his life in the service of God and mankind, noting that "as we mourn the passage of this great statesman and role model, we are, however, consoled by the fact that he lived to a ripened age.
"We pray Almighty God to grant his soul eternal rest and comfort his family as they mourn his painful loss."