Z Obed served as Chief Secretary from 1980-1982 and then again from 1987-1989 Credit: EastMojo image

Kohima: Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, chief secretary Temjen Toy and others condoled the death of former chief secretary and ex-politician Z Obed who passed away on Thursday afternoon.

An official statement from chief secretary Temjen Toy said: “I am deeply pained to learn of the demise of Z Obed, IAS Retired Chief Secretary, Nagaland on January 30, 2020. The news has come as a great shock and there is an all-pervading sense of loss.”

Toy said that Z Obed served under various capacities during the formative years of the state and the tasks performed were under the most trying times.

“He served as chief secretary from 1980-1982 and then again from 1987-1989. The people of Nagaland have lost a pioneering leader. May God grant comfort and solace to the bereaved family members at this time of great grief,” added Toy.

Meanwhile, CM Rio recounted how Obed after his retirement as chief secretary in December 1989 “successfully contested the general elections to the 8th Nagaland Legislative Assembly in 1993 and was appointed as Cabinet minister for planning and coordination, urban development and economics & statistics”. In 2003, Obed was elected to the 10th Nagaland Legislative Assembly and served as Cabinet minister for PHE under Rio’s government.

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Referring to Obed as a “thorough gentleman, a learned elder and a kind soul”, Rio extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved family members, relatives and friends of the deceased.

Meanwhile, a separate statement issued NDPP president Chingwang Konyak condoled Obed’s demise saying: “Unlike many Nagas, tribalism was something totally absent in hispsyche, and all and sundry who met him recalled this fact. This could be due to the fact that though he was born an Angami from the largest Naga village Kohima, he grew up in Impur / Mopungchuket and later on, assumed citizenship of Mopungchuket village, and married an Ao lady”.

“In his passing away, Nagas have lost a gem of a leader, an individual and a personality, and the void created by his demise would be difficult to fill. The rank and file of the NDPP joins me and my family in conveying our heartfelt condolences to the family members of late Z Obed, and we pray to the Almighty to grant solace to them and all grieving near and dear ones at this hour of grief. We pray that the departed soul rest in eternal peace,” wrote Konyak.

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