Abia State & Nigeria Have Lost Two Great Amazons”, Ken Ukeagu, Connak Foundation Founder Reacts To The Demise Of Mrs Aguiyi-Ironsi & Chief Mrs Okpara
The founder of Connak foundation, Mr. Ken Nnamdi Ukeagu has expressed sadness over the death of two former First Ladies, Chief Mrs Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi and Chief Mrs Adanma Okpara, stating that Nigeria has lost rare gems whose contributions to the development of women were remarkable and indelible.
In a condolence message signed by Mr. Ukeagu and made available to newsmen in Umuahia through his Media Assistant Don Chucks Uzochukwu, he lamented that Nigeria and Abia State in particular have lost “two great Amazons of our time”.
Mr. Ken Nnamdi Ukeagu described late Mrs Adanma Okpara, aged 99, wife of the former Premier of Eastern Nigeria, Michael Iheonukara Okpara, who hailed from Afugiri Ohuhu clan in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, as a very formidable figure in the First Republic and Eastern Nigeria, who also lived an exemplary life even after leaving public office.
Mr. Ukeagu eulogised the sterling attributes and leadership prowess of the deceased, stating that Lady Okpara’s life of courage, service and integrity positively contributed to the great development strides of her late husband in the old eastern region and which she had carried on with during her life, long after her husband’s death since 1984.
Speaking further, Mr. Ukeagu also described the late Lady Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi, wife of the late Military Head of State, Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, as a woman who had great dignity, charisma and was committed to the ideals of an egalitarian society, even after the death of her husband.
The Founder of Connak Foundation, Ken N. Ukeagu, while commiserating with the bereaved families, observed that the former First Lady of Nigeria, Her Excellency, Noble Lady Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi and former First Lady of the Old Eastern Region, Her Excellency, Lady Adanma Okpara, both died at the age of 97 and 99 years respectively, represented the best virtues and were indeed true demonstrations of noble women in nation building and a moral conscience of society.
“They were both enviable women leaders that lived out their roles as worthy pillars of support to their husbands who undoubtedly 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 proud they lived robust and very active lives of service that is worthy of emulation. These two great women of honour raised great families and highly successful children who are contributing very well in the building, development and unity of our dear Country and the State of Abia. We are immensely proud of them as mothers and will greatly miss them both,” he said.
The Founder of Connak Foundation, further condoled their respective families, and prayed that the good people, Government of Abia state and Nigeria will have the fortitude to bear their losses.