President Buhari mourns Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi

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President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, the wife of the first military Head of State, late Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi.

Family sources said she died peacefully on Monday morning.

In his condolence message to the Aguiyi-Ironsi family and people of Abia State, Buhari described the deceased as a mother of the nation, and a foremost woman of valour.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari noted that the deceased until her death, never stopped working for the good of the nation.

 

Read the statement below:

 

President Muhammadu Buhari extends deepest condolences to the Aguiyi-Ironsi family, and government and people of Abia State on the passing of Chief Mrs Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, wife of the first military Head of State, Major General Johnson Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi.

The President affirms that Lady Victoria’s incredible strength and exceptional courage during one of the darkest moments in our nation’s history pedestals her as a mother of the nation, God-fearing and a foremost woman of valour.

The President notes that the former First Lady will be remembered for laying a solid foundation for women’s leadership role in the seat of power and as a founding member of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association; she passionately championed the welfare and wellbeing of families of military officers.

The President recognises that 55 years after the death of General J.T Aguiyi-Ironsi, Lady Victoria never stopped working for the greater good of Nigeria, and for peace, stability, healing and reconciliation in the land.

The President sincerely hopes that Lady Victoria’s labours for the country will not be in vain, and joins all Nigerians in praying for the repose of the soul of the departed and comfort for those who mourn.

 

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

August 23, 2021

 

 




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