Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River State has described death as the inevitable end all humans must tread when their work on earth is over.
Otu made the statement when he paid a condolence visit on his predecessor, Sen. (Prof) Ben Ayade, over the demise of his younger sister, Mrs. Janet Ateb Oniga, in Kakum, Obudu LGA of the state.
“I came here to pay the last respect to our dear sister, late Mrs Janet Ateb, who passed into eternal glory though at a very young age.
“Although we cannot question God, because He is the all knowing, we however know that death is a necessary end of all humans on earth.
“So, I came here to commiserate with our dear former governor over this unfortunate situation and to encourage him and indeed all members of the family to remain strong even in the face of adversity such as this, because no matter what happens, God is still on the throne.”
Governor Otu, who was accompanied during the visit by top government officials of the state, later signed a condolence register and prayed for the peaceful repose of the deceased.
Reacting, former Governor Ayade commended Governor Otu for his humility and love, describing him as a very compassionate leader.
“I am very humbled for the kind of humility and love the governor has shown towards us at this time of our grief. I am particularly impressed with his humble and kind nature and that is why he is doing very well in the state right now.
“I just want to sincerely appreciate you and the entire people of the state for their prayers at this difficult time for our family,” the former governor stated.
Late Mrs. Ateb died on November 24, 2023 at the age of 54 after a brief illness.
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