The death of the former Chief of Air Staff  Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok has come to the nation as a rude shock according to the presidency. President Muhammadu Buhari has therefore condoled with the family of former minister of aviation, and 12th Chief-of-Air Staff retired Air Marshal Nsikak-Abasi Eduok.

 In a condolence message by his senior specialassistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in Abuja at the weekend,Buhari described Eduok’s death as a huge loss to the nation, particularly allthose he inspired and mentored in tactical air operations.

 The president joined the military in mourning the passing of the highly decorated former officer, who spent more than two decades updating his pilot skills in the United Kingdom, United States of America, and then the Soviet Union, returning to the country to share his experience with colleagues and younger officers.

 Buhari commiserated with the governmentand people of Akwa Ibom, friends and associates of the deceased, affirming thathe lived a life of service to the nation and humanity, with distinguishedresults in all endeavours.

The President prayed for the repose of his soul and for God’s comfort over the family. The secretary to the Akwa Ibom government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, announced the death of Eduok aged 74, in a release on Thursday, quoting medical doctors as saying that he died of ‘end-stage kidney failure.’

 Eduok, after his education, worked briefly asstudio manager for Voice of Nigeria; enrolled for a probable pilot course atthe Nigeria Air Force in 1968, and obtained his first military exercise fromthe Nigeria Defence Academy before going for his principal flying training in1970.