Former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, on Friday slumped during the funeral of late Maj Gen David Akpodiete Ejoor in Ovwor-Olomu Community, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The incident happened at the grave side while the funeral oration was on-going.
The former Head of State was promptly rushed by some top echelons of the military into the special tenth for emergency resuscitation just as Governor Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa and Chief James Onanefe Ibori, former Governor of the Delta State dashed into the tenth to ensure he recovered.
A military, as well as the Delta State, ambulance was immediately moved in to front of the tenth in case the former Head of State’s health deteriorateed further.
After a moment of suspense, Chief James Onanefe Ibori and Governor Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa were seen coming from the special tenth, an indication that the former Army General had recovered .
Earlier, Gowon extolled Ejoor’s commitment to nation building. He also expressed delight at the Chief of Army Staff, Buratai, for ” organizing a special farewell to their own”. He described Ejoor as a good soldier who avoided being captured so that he could fight another day. “He amassed a lot of knowledge about the military and statesmanship. I will never forget him because he kept me well-informed of development.
“He made sure we did not turn Midwest state into a battle ground. “
He was a good man and a good family man. I will remember him for his sterling services to this country”, Gowon added.