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Gowon, Obaseki, Okowa, others bid Ejoor farewell in Delta


Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon attended the burial of his former Commander


A former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon on Friday said the unity of Nigeria was a collective responsibility of everyone.
Gowon made the remarks at the funeral rite of late Maj-Gen. David Ejoor in his hometown, Ovwor, Olomu Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government area of Delta.
Presenting his tribute, Gowon said that Ejoor believed in the unity of Nigeria.
The elder statesman said the late former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) was able to reconcile the people of Urhobo and Itsekiri ethnic nationalities as well as the Midwest region as a military governor.
Gowon said that Ejoor was a very good and loyal colleague, adding that they both worked to keep the country together.
Ejoor died on February 10, at the age of 87.
Also speaking, the Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, said that the spectacular contribution of Ejoor to the struggle for keeping Nigeria as a united entity could not be forgotten “in the anal of our common history’’.
Obaseki said that Ejoor would be richly acclaimed for his love and peaceful coexistence of the various ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Also, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State said that Ejoor lived a diligent, loyal and dedicated life worthy of emulation.
“If a lot of us continued to live in a manner he lived and believed his thought, I believe we can impact very quickly on our nation. He had all the attributes of a good man,” he said.
Earlier, Brig.-Gen. Dominic Oneya, a former military administrator of Kano and Benue states said Ejoor had ran a good race that would always be remembered.
In his remark, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai said Nigerian Army and indeed Nigeria would forever miss late Ejoor.
“An astute professional soldier, great peace maker, good human resource manager, robust administrator and a distinguished elder statesman,” Buratai said.  (NAN)
 

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