The death of Nigeria’s former military vice-president, Vice Admiral Mike Akhigbe (rtd) has been described as the loss of a brother, confidant, friend and comrade-at-arms by Senate President, David Mark.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Kola Ologbondiyan on Tuesday, Mr. Mark, a retired Brigadier-General of the Nigerian Army, recalled their days at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), noting that “Mike was fearless and very diligent in our course.
“He took these attributes to all the formations where he was privileged to have been posted either in his core military postings or political offices,” he said.
The statement also said the late Akhigbe’s death was a huge personal loss to Mark, the members of Course 3, the Armed Forces, Edo State, where the deceased hailed from and the nation.
“But we cannot question God. He alone gives life and takes it when he so desires. We are bound by His decision to take our brother and friend at this time,” Mark said.
The Senate President, who is the Chairman of Course 3 Alumni of the NDA, said: “We are consoled that while Mike was with us, he lived his life in the service of God and mankind.”
He prayed that God would grant the family the fortitude to bear the very painful departure.
Retired Vice Admiral Mike Akhigbe, who was the Chief of General Staff in the military regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, finally gave up the ghost at his New York residence yesterday at about 1pm (7pm Nigerian time) after the Nigerian media was awash with reports yesterday morning that he had died in a U.K hospital.