Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed sadness over the death of former Chief of Army Staff, COAS, from 1971 to 1975, retired Maj. Gen. David Ejoor.
Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, on Sunday in Asaba, commiserated with the family, the Urhobo nation and the people of Ovwor-Olomu in Ughelli South local government area over the death of the former COAS.
Okowa added that the news of Ejoor’s death had devastated him, especially as the nation is going into another round of elections.
He said he was however consoled by the fact that the departed former Chief of Army Staff would never to be forgotten.
Said Okowa: “As Deltans, we are extremely proud of the outstanding contributions of Gen. Ejoor to the Nigerian Army where he first served as the Governor of Mid-Western Region State from January 1966 – August 1967, first Nigerian Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) from January 1969 – January 1971 and later as Chief of Army Staff from January 1971 – July 1975.
“Gen. Ejoor had an illustrious military career and served the nation with all his heart; with full dedication and commitment to duty. His contributions to the end of the Nigeria Civil War remain indelible in the minds of Nigerians.
“On behalf of my family, the government and the people of our dear state, I extend my deepest condolences to the Ejoor’s family, the Urhobo nation and the people of Ovwor-Olomu where he hails from,’’
Okowa prayed Almighty God to grant the deceased eternal rest.