Just In: Former Nigerian First Lady confirmed dead


Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, the wife of a previous Nigerian head of state, Major General Aguiyi-Ironsi, has been declared dead.

The former first lady, who would have turned 98 on Sunday, November 21, died on Monday, August 23, at the age of 97, according to report.

For less than a year, Aguiyi-Ironsi was the supreme commander of the National Military Government before being deposed.

The nonagenarian who refused to remarry following the loss of her beloved spouse died peacefully on Monday, according to report from the the Nation.

In another development, Lady Adanma Okpara, wife of the Premier of former Eastern Region, Dr Michael Iheonukara Okpara has died at the age of 97

Lady Adanma Okpara

Family sources who revealed that the nonagenarian has been sick for a couple of years, said she died on Sunday after a protracted illness.

Although her second son, Chief Uzodinma Okpara could not be reached for detailed information leading to the sad news as of the time of filing this report, but informed sources said she died at an undisclosed hospital.

However, a visit to the Umuegwu Okpuala, Ohuhu country home of the Okparas at 4 pm on Sunday, showed that the unfortunate incident may have shocked their kinsmen. Umuegwu Okpuala, Ohuhu is in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State.

Few family members were on hand to welcome the sympathizers who had come to ascertain the verity of the news.

An elder in the community, who pleaded anonymity, said she could not confirm or deny the news, added that “Igbo tradition forbids any announcement on the health status of a prominent individual like that of Adanma Okpara without due consultations with relevant authorities”.

Meanwhile, since the demise of her husband, Dr Michael Okpara in December 1984, the nonagenarian has lived a quiet life and rarely seen in public, even when her son, Uzodinma Okpara was the Abia State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during the reign of Governor Orji Uzor Kalu.

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