By Samuel Oyadongha, JIMITOTA ONOYUME & BRIGHT OGUNKILEDE
Governors Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Liyel Imoke of Cross River State and Hajiya Titi Abubakar, yesterday, joined the Rivers State Government and the people of Okrika in mourning the death of Madam Charity Oba, mother of First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan.
Chief of Staff to Rivers State Governor, Mr. Tony Okocha, in a statement in Port Harcourt on behalf of the state government, said: “Our hearts go out to the First Lady on the loss of her mother. May God grant her the fortitude to bear the loss.”
Governor Dickson, in a condolence message on behalf of the government and people of Bayelsa State, described the death of Madam Oba as a great blow and irreparable loss to her immediate family and the nation as a whole.
The governor, in a statement in Yenagoa, noted that her motherly and wise counsel will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Dickson said: “Her demise is coming at such a time when the First Lady and her family needed her support and encouragement most.”
He urged the First Lady, the family and the Oba family of Okrika in Rivers State to accept the unfortunate incident as the will of God and take it with philosophical calmness.
Governor Imoke also commiserated with President Goodluck Jonathan and wife, Dame Patience.
Imoke described Mrs. Iwari-Oba’s death as painful and unfortunate.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary and Special Assistant, Media, the governor said the incident was tragic and saddening.
He urged the First Family to find consolation in the fact that “she lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation.”
Also, Hajiya Titi Abubakar wife of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has expressed her condolences to the First Lady, Patience Jonathan on the death of her mother.
In a letter of condolence issued in Abuja yesterday, Hajiya Abubakar said she was personally touched by the sudden and unfortunate death of the First Lady’s mother.