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Published On: Fri, Jul 26th, 2013

Dame Jonathan Weeps, as She Pays Tribute to Her Late Mother

Dame Patience Jonathan


The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has paid glowing tribute to her late mother, Madam Charity Oba, stating that she was “a mother in a million who was a devoted mother and a devout Christian.” The First Lady stated this today 24/07/2013, when she arrived in the country from a trip to Geneva and was received in the State House Abuja by the President, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who was accompanied by former Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Anthony Anenih and some top aides.
In a statement signed by A.O. Adesugba (Mrs.)
Director (Information), the First Lady recalled that Madam Charity Oba, who was the younger sister of her biological mother, had raised her from a tender age and made her the person who she is today. Dame, Patience who sat next to her mother-in-law, Madam Eunice, in a room full of sympathizers, remarked philosophically that “God knows best.”
Earlier, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, had offered prayers for the deceased and members of the extended family.
In a related development, the First Lady also received State Governors who came to commiserate with her over the death of her mother.
Speaking on behalf of the Governors, Dr. Godswill Akpabio, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, urged Dame Jonathan to take heart, while offering the deep condolences of the PDP family to the First Lady and her extended family.
In response, the First Lady thanked the governors for their prayers and for their concern. State Governors present included that of Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Kogi, Katsina and Enugu States.
Also present were Ministers, Heads of Government Agencies, wives of top government officials as well as Mrs. Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the Ambassador of Nigeria to Spain.

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