Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed grief on the death of late Col. Anthony Obi (Rtd).
We remember that the late Col. Obi was the military Governor of Abia State between August 1998 to May 29th 1999. He died on Saturday, January, 1st 2022 at the age of 70.
It was Col. Obi who managed the last moments of the transition to civilian rule and handed over to former Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.
The deceased retired military colonel who hailed from Akpugo in Nkanu west Local government area of Enugu State, also served as military administrator of Osun State prior to his transfer to Abia State where he took over from Col Moses Fasanya.
Reacting to his death, in a Press Release by his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka on Tuesday in Umuahia, Governor Ikpeazu described the late col. Obi as an officer and a gentleman whose career in the Nigerian Army witnessed several successes.
According to Gov Ikpeazu, “late Col Obi’s place in the history of Abia State is assured. Fate as destiny positioned him to play a critical role in our evolution into a democratic society”.
“He had the exceptional privilege of being the last military officer to govern Abia State and also to hand over to a democratically elected Governor. We will always remember him”, said Gov Okezie
Governor Okezie on-behalf of his family, the Government of Abia State and its people of sent his deepest sympathies to the family of the late Col Anthony Obi and prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest.