Senate minority leader mourns ex-first ladies, Aguiyi-Ironsi, Okpara

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe on Monday bemoaned the death of two first Ladies, Chief Mrs Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi and Chief Mrs Adanma Okpara saying Nigeria and Abia State, in particular, have lost two great women.

Senator Abaribe in a statement released by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom in Abuja said the death within a space of two days of Chief Mrs Ironsi wife of first Nigeria Military Head of State Late General Aguiyi Ironsi and Chief Mrs Okpara, wife of former Premier of Eastern Nigeria, Dr Michael Okpara marks a sad end of a glorious era.

Both women, Senator Abaribe said represented the best and were indeed true testaments of the noble role of women in nation-building and as the moral conscience of society

Both women leaders lived out their roles as worthy pillars of support to their husbands, who played pivotal roles in the shaping of Nigeria as a nation at various times when they held sway as Head of State of Nigeria and Premier of Eastern Nigeria respectively.

“I’m happy they lived a robust and very active life of service that is worthy of emulation and of course both of them raised good families and highly successful children who are contributing very well in the development of our dear Country and State of Abia. We are very proud of them and will sorely miss them”, Senator Abaribe said.

He, however, condoled with their families, the government and people of Nigeria as well as the government and people of our dear state, Abia.

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