September 24, 2021

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Buhari mourns Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi

Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi

Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi

By Ismaila Chafe

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled  the Aguiyi-Ironsi family, government and people of Abia,  on passing of Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi.

Victoria was wife of the first military Head of State, Maj.-Gen. Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi.

The president’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement,   by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Monday in Abuja.

The president affirmed that 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 noted that the former First Lady,  would 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.

“Victoria also passionately championed the welfare and wellbeing of families of military officers.”

The president recognised that 55 years after the death of  Maj.-Gen. Aguiyi-Ironsi, Victoria never stopped working for the greater good of Nigeria and for peace, stability, healing and reconciliation in the land.

President Buhari expressed  hope that Victoria’s labours for the country,  would not be in vain and enjoined  Nigerians to  pray for the repose of the soul of the departed and comfort for those  mourning her. (NAN)

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