Urhobo Union leader, General Patrick Aziza dies at 67

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 16th, 2014

imageThe death has been announced of Gen. Patrick Aziza, (Rtd), President General of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU.

He passed on in Abuja about 3:45 am on Saturday at the age of 67 after a protracted battle with cancer.

Confirming his demise, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Steve Oru, described Aziza’s transition as very sad and shocking.

According to him, “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 emerged as the President General of UPU and he has been steering the ship of state of the Urhobo nation quite creditably. He has succeeded in promoting peace and unity amongst the Urhobo people. We will all surely miss him, but there is a time to come and a time to go as the saying goes. ‘There is a time when one is born and a time when one dies’.

“If it was possible, we would have prayed God to postpone his death. We all love him, but God loves him more and we wish him a peaceful rest in the bosom of the lord. He will be remembered for his astute management of the UPU and his performance as a very sound member of the Nigerian Army who served our nation creditably.

“He will surely be remembered for being a man that stood for the Urhobo course and promoted the emergence of an Urhobo minister, because I can remember, during his first tenure, he led a delegation to Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to advocate for the appointment of an Urhobo son and today I am one of those that benefitted at the national level, so my missing him is even more”, he added.

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