Speaker of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Vikho-o Yhoshü passed away on Monday morning in Mumbai following an illness. He was around 69.
Sources said that the mortal remains of the speaker will arrive in Dimapur airport around 12:30 pm on Tuesday, wherein an official reception will be held.
There will be state funeral at the official bungalow of the speaker on January 1 at 11 am before the body is taken to Kemipfuphe ground in Kigwema for the general public to pay their last homage.
Meanwhile, Governor of Nagaland RN Ravi expressed shock at the untimely demise of Vikho-o Yhoshu.
In a condolence message the governor said late Vikho-o was consecutively elected from the 14-Southern Angami-I Assembly constituency from 2008 and held various responsibilities such as adviser, IT & TE, chairman, Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN), parliamentary secretary for housing, veterinary and animal husbandry, mechanical division of PWD.
Conveying his deepest condolences to the bereaved family members, governor Ravi stated that in the demise of Vikho-o, people of Nagaland have lost a “tall and a prominent leader”.
“Let the Almighty God give them strength and fortitude to bear with this devastating loss and eternal peace to the departed soul”, the governor stated.
Also sending out his condolence message, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said that he was deeply shocked and saddened by the untimely demise of Vikho-o Yhoshü.
According to Neiphiu Rio, Vikho-o was a brilliant, kind-hearted and highly capable leader. “After an illustrious career in both central and state government services, he entered politics and first contested elections successfully to the 11th Nagaland Legislative Assembly in 2008.”
Further the CM maintained that Vikho-o was elected to the 12th and 13th Houses and served the people in various capacities under successive governments with dedication and sincerity till his last breath.
“He was among the few Nagas to get a B.Tech degree from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Bihar in 1974. He was awarded with a Mine Manager’s First-Class Certificate (FCC) of Competence in the All India Competitive Examination in 1976,” the CM’s condolence message added.
On a personal level, Neiphiu Rio said, “Our association grew stronger over the years as we worked together for the people”. The CM also said that he found Vikho-o to be always concerned for the Nagas and the “indomitable Naga-ness” in him was the main driving force behind his service to the people.
It was on September 18, 2018 that the Joint Legislators’ Forum on the Naga Political Issue, comprising of all 60 elected members irrespective of political party affiliations, was reconstituted under Vikho-o’s chairmanship.
“His zeal and enthusiasm in rendering his selfless services towards the resolution of the decades old Naga political issue can never be forgotten and the vacuum created by his demise will be difficult to fill,” stated Rio.
“As we come to terms with the reality that he is no more with us, I on behalf of the government of Nagaland, as leader of the House and on my own behalf, express deepest condolences to the members of the bereaved family” the chief minister stated.
DIMAPUR | Dec 30 | NNN