The chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) Idongesit Nkanga, who was also a former military governor of Akwa Ibom State, has died.
According to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Nkanga passed on in an undisclosed hospital in Uyo on Christmas Eve, his political associate and a family member revealed Friday morning.
There are speculations that Mr Nkanga died of COVID-19. PREMIUM TIMES is yet to independently verify this.
He was 68.
The late Mr Nkanga was Akwa Ibom governor from September 1990 to January during Ibrahim Babangida’s military regime. Ufot Ekaette, who later became the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, was his deputy.
He retired as an air commodore in the Nigerian Airforce.
As the chairman of PANDEF, Mr Nkanga was very vocal in the campaign for the restructuring of Nigeria and the development of the country’s Niger Delta region.