Ortom hails Akume @70, mourns Na’Aba, Akeredolu’s death

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Immediate past Governor of Benue State, Chief Samuel Ortom has joined millions of other Nigerians in celebrating the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator George Akume on his 70th birthday anniversary.

Chief Ortom in a press statement signed by his media Aide, Terver Akase described Senator Akume as a statesman and leader who has made significant contributions to the development of the nation in his public service career.

“As a two-time Governor of Benue State, three-time Senator representing Benue North West Senatorial District, Minister and now Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Akume’s leadership has been characterized by wisdom, humility and commitment to the growth of society.”the former governor said.

Chief Ortom noted that Senator Akume had groomed and positioned countless people including technocrats, politicians and professionals in various fields, and his legacy of vision and mentorship will continue to positively impact on many lives.

The former Governor prayed that God grants the SGF many more years of good health, happiness, and continued fulfillment.

Meanwhile, Chief Samuel Ortom has said that Nigeria has lost two illustrious and patriotic sons following the deaths of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and the former Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt Hon Ghali Umar Na’Abba.

In his condolence message to Nigerians, Chief Ortom stated that the untimely demise of Akeredolu and Na’Abba has left a void that will be deeply felt across the country.

He described Governor Akeredolu as a friend and visionary leader who dedicated his life to serving the people of Ondo State and Nigeria at large.

“It is unfortunate that we have lost a brilliant and courageous lawyer, a seasoned administrator and a man of honour. When we were in the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Akeredolu never hid his desire to see this country overcome its challenges and fulfill its potentials. He will be deeply missed by the people of his state and the rest of us.” Chief Ortom said.

Chief Ortom also described Rt. Hon. Umar Na’Abba as a distinguished leader whose invaluable contributions to the Nigerian political landscape cannot be overstated.

“Na’Abba’s tenure as Speaker of the House of Representatives was characterized by integrity and commitment to the principles of democracy anchored on equity, fairness and justice. His legacy as a unifying figure and advocate for good governance will forever be remembered.” the former governor said.

The former Benue State Governor extended deep condolences to the families, friends, and associates of Governor Akeredolu as well as Rt Hon Na’Abba and prays for the repose of their souls.

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