… says late Ibibio Titled Chief Cultivated Friendship Across Sector and Tribes

The Senator representing Akwa Ibom South in the Senate, Senator (Dr.) Ekong Sampson, has mourned the demise of ‘a good friend and brother’, Obong Bassey Inuaeyen.

Obong Inuaeyen, a one time Governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State and the Political Leader of Ini Local Government Area, died on Friday June 30, 2023 in the United States of America.

Paying tribute to the departed elder statesman, Senator Ekong Sampson lamented the exit of a man, whom he said encouraged him greatly. Senator Sampson, in a touching message recalled:

‘I was privileged to have known Obong Bassey Inuaeyen closely. My political relationship with him was strengthened when I served as Political Adviser to Gov. Udom Emmanuel.

During that period, when I formed the Ibom Mega Alliance, Obong Bassey Inuaeyen encouraged me greatly and even chaired the Ibom Roundtable organized by the State Political Bureau’.

The Akwa Ibom South Senator, who is a member of Ibom Patriots led by the late Obong Inuaeyen, also hailed the unique personal qualities of the departed:

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‘As Chancellor of Ibom Patriots, he provided the type of leadership that managed the Akwa Ibom mix admirably. This was not surprising at all, because Obong Bassey Inuaeyen was well known for cultivating friendship across sectors and tribes. He was a frontline businessman, philanthropist, community leader, elder statesman, humanist and patriot.

Mr B was a leader whose wise counsel I sought frequently. He had a rich depth and will be sorely missed’, Senator Sampson mourned.

The Akwa Ibom South Senator commiserated with the Inuaeyen family and prayed them the fortitude to bear the loss of their great patriarch.