The Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji has joined Abians and indeed Nigerians to mourn the death of Nigeria’s First Ladies; Lady Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi and Lady Adanma Okpara who died last week.
General Aguiyi-Ironsi was the first Nigerian Military Head of State, while Late Michael Okpara was a former Premier of the Eastern Region of Nigeria.
Both first ladies died at the age of 97 and 86 years respectively.
Though the family of the former Head of State was yet to make public, the cause of their matriarch’s death, reports have it that the wife of the former Eastern Nigeria Premier who had been down with mild stroke, died at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Umuahia, the state capital; where she was rushed for medical treatment, 24hrs after the death of Lady Aguiyi-Ironsi died.
The death of Lady Aguiyi-Ironsi is coming barely two years after the death of her son, John who reportedly died at the age of 54years at FMC Umuahia, after being sick for a while.
In a statement issued to condole with the two families, Rt. Hon. Orji who hailed the virtues of the two women lamented that Abia State has lost good and great mothers.
Describing Lady Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi as a Wife and Mother of exceptional qualities, said she neither wavered nor strayed from the pristine causes her late husband believed in and fought for but chose the noble but difficult option of staying back to nurture not only her biological children but also help groom those of us privileged to drink from her bosom of immense wisdom, charity and service.
While thanking God for giving her long life in good health, Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji, on behalf of his family, Principal Officers and Members of the 7th Abia State House of Assembly, condoled with the first son of the Ironsi household, His Excellency, Ambassador Tom Aguiyi Ironsi, the entire Ironsi family, the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Government and the good people of Abia State, on the passing of Late Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi, and prayed God to grant her soul eternal rest.
Expressing sadness at the death of Lady Okpara, the Speaker described her as “an unassuming achiever, loyal wife, dedicated mother and a committed leader who kept the towering flag of her husband flying till death”, and that, “the void her death has created will be very difficult to fill”.
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Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji on behalf of his family, Principal Officers and Members of the 7th Abia State House of Assembly, condoled with the first son of the iconic Okpara dynasty, Chief Uzodinma Okpara (Omekannaya), the entire Okpara family, the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, the Government and people of Abia State, on the passing of Lady Adanma Okpara and prayed God to grant her soul eternal rest.