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Lady Adanma Okpara, wife of late Premier of Eastern region dies, Atiku mourns

Late Lady Adanma Okpara, widow of Late Michael Okpara, former Eastern Nigerian Premier.

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has commiserated with the family of late Premier of defunct Eastern Region, Dr Michael Okpara on the demise of its matriarch, Lady Adanma Michael Okpara.

Atiku said in a statement in Abuja on Monday by his Media Adviser Paul Ibe, that even though Lady Okpara passed away at a ripe old age, death naturally diminishes our humanity and comes with grief.

“I received the news of the death of your matriarch with mixed feelings. It is usually a saddening moment for me at the news of the demise of anyone at all; even though this one is at a very ripe old age. Death naturally diminishes humanity and the loss of one’s mother is very painful at any time”, Atiku was quoted as saying.

The Waziri Adamawa noted that the death of Lady Adanma Okpara at this period of serious national challenges is also a sad reminder of the lost opportunities of our country’s greatness as represented by the political and development prowess of her late husband, Dr Michael Okpara and his generation during Nigeria’s First Republic.

He paid tribute to Lady Adanma Okpara’s life of courage, service and integrity noting that these were attributes that had been associated with the great development strides of her late husband in the old eastern region and with which she had carried on with her life, long after her husband’s death.

He expresses his deepest condolences to the Michael Okapra family of Ohuhu Umuahia, the people and government of Abia State and Nigerians at large.