Akwa Ibom State has announced the death of one of its bright political stars and one-time governor of old Cross River State, Chief Donald Dick Etiebet.
A statement signed by Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr. Anie- kan Umanah, said late Chief Etiebet, who served as Governor of the then Cross River State from October 1, 1983 to December 31, 1983 when a military coup ousted the Second Republic, would be buried on December 11.
According to the statement, Chief Etiebet “was a lawyer and committed patriot, statesman, community leader and an invaluable asset to our dear State”.
His burial would take place at his Country home of Ikot Ekpuk in Oruk- Anam Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.
“We wish to notify members of the public and sympathizers that mourning house had since been opened with the proclamation of the death of Senator Etiebet (Akpan Annang of Annang Land) by the President of Afe Nkuku Annang, Obong Cosmas Okon Ak- pan and Paramount Ruler of Essien Udim Local Government Area.
“We urge friends, associates, the political class and sympathizers to kindly join us to bid our elder statesman farewell.
“Furthermore, we wish to state that all other burial programmes remain as announced by the family”, Umana further stated.