By Festus Ahon, UGHELLI
URHOBO nation was, yesterday, thrown into mourning as the cold hands of death snatched the President General of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, General Patrick Aziza (rtd) away. He died at the age of 67.
Aziza, who succumbed to cancer, reportedly died in Abuja at about 3:45am . The deceased, a retired brigadier general in the army, served under the Abacha regime.
Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, lamented the death, describing Aziza as an irreplaceable statesman. Uduaghan, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sunny Ogefere, described the death as a big blow and irreparable loss to Nigeria, Delta State and the Urhobo nation.
Reacting to the death, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Steve Oru, described it as very sad. “The Urhobo nation has lost a true son, a General indeed who had served the nation in the armed forces so successfully and at a point, he was even a minister in charge of communication in our nation and he performed creditably well”, he said.
On his past, the senator representing Delta Central at the National Assembly, Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, described Aziza’s death as tragic and sad.