By Ime Silas
All is now set for the remains of Late Prince Okon Joshua Etok to be laid to rest. Prince Etok was the elderly brother to a front line Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom state, Dr. Effiong Etok, popularly known as Charles Taylor.
Prince Etok, until his demise recently, was the Head of the Royal House of Chief Joshua Etok as well as the Acting President of Nung Imo-owo Family, all in Ibiono Ibom local government area of the state.
According to a release signed by Dr. Etok, a copy of which was obtained by our Paper, the funeral of the deceased would be conducted at the Government Primary School, Use Ndon, tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 11 am, by the Church of Christ, Use Ndon, Ibiono.
Part of the release by ‘Charles Taylor’, which also serves as invitation to his friends, colleagues, political associates and well-wishers reads, “It is a sad moment for the entire bereaved family, for we have lost not just a father, uncle or brother, but a great leader and a family pillar.
Having lost my father years ago, my late elderly brother became a father and a rallying point for our Royal Family. His demise is a painful one”.
While inviting his friends and associates to grace the funeral, the APC Chieftain added, “As we shall be laying him to rest, it is my hope that your presence and condolences would be a great comfort to us in this our period of grief”.
Dr. Effiong Etok, a.k.a Charles Taylor, the immediate-past State Secretary of the APC, is also the Director-General of a Socio-political movement known as the Akwa Ibom APC Foundation, a platform for all the aboriginal and like-minded members of the party in the state.
Dr. Etok became the pioneer State Secretary of APC, after serving respectively as State Secretary and State Organising Secretary of the now defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the state.
Meanwhile, following the outbreak of corona virus, a positive case of which has not been reported in Akwa Ibom state, the APC chieftain, Etok, has reiterated that his brother’s funeral, having been earlier scheduled before the advent of the disease, will still hold.
Etok, who guaranteed the safety of friends and sympathizers at the funeral in his message today, said: “…please, this is to remind you that the burial of my Elder Brother will still take place this Saturday (28/3/20) as planned. Venue is Govt Primary school Use Ndon , Ibiono lbom.
Your safety at the venue is guaranteed as globally acceptable safety measures would be put in place. I sincerely hope you will honour this invitation”.