Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to the death of the wife of the first Nigerian military Head of State, Mrs Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, describing her as one who left a good legacy for her family and the entire Umuahia community of Abia State.
The 97-year-old died at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State in the early hours of Monday.
In a condolence message by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo stated that Mrs Ironsi’s death is a big loss to her immediate Aguiyi-Ironsi family, the Umuahia community, the nation and also to those close to her, including himself.
“It is with a profound sense of sympathy that I receive the passing to eternal glory of Mrs Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, who was the matriarch of the Aguiyi-Ironsi family after the demise of Gen. Ironsi,” the message read.
Obasanjo said the late community leader had held the family together all these years, “therefore her departure will be a great loss to the entire family of Aguiyi-Ironsi and to the Umuahia community in general.
“And, may the family take consolation in the fact that their mother left a very good legacy, as a good mother, a good wife, a good community leader and a good Christian, who can be regarded as a woman of virtue.
“Those of us who are also close to the family also have a sense of loss. But, we only take consolation in the fact that Victoria left a good legacy,” he added.
Meanwhile, Obasanjo on Sunday, visited the wife of Gen. Tunji Olurin, Kehinde, and her children over the demise of her husband.
At their Ikoyi, Lagos residence, Obasanjo described Olurin as one of the patriotic Nigerians that served his country diligently and faithfully, saying his death was a personal loss to him.
Obasanjo, recalled that the choice of Olurin as the Ogun PDP candidate in 2011 governorship election was not unconnected with his impressive antecedents in both public and private services, which could not materialise by the outcome of the election.
“May his soul rest in perfect peace and may God console his family, friends and peers,” Obasanjo prayed.