President Muhammadu Buhari has described the late Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, the wife of the first military Head of State, late General J.T Aguiyi-Ironsi as a light that shone brightly during the dark times of Nigeria.
The President who noted that Victoria never stopped working for the country, even after her husband was killed during a coup process said she will always be remembered for her motherly roles.
Buhari spoke in a condolence message to the family of the deceased who died in the early hours of Monday, 23rd August.
The President’s message, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina prayed that her labours over Nigeria will not be in vain.
The statement titled ‘President Buhari Mourns Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, Wife Of The First Military Head Of State,’ also commiserated with the family, friends and associates of the former first lady as well as the government and people of Abia State.
The statement reads: “President Muhammadu Buhari extends deepest condolences to the Aguiyi-Ironsi family, and government and people of Abia State on the passing of Chief Mrs Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, wife of the first military Head of State, Major General Johnson Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi.
“The President affirms that Lady Victoria’s incredible strength and exceptional courage during one of the darkest moments in our nation’s history pedestals her as a mother of the nation, God-fearing and a foremost woman of valour.
“The President notes that the former First Lady will be remembered for laying a solid foundation for women’s leadership role in the seat of power and as a founding member of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association; she passionately championed the welfare and wellbeing of families of military officers.
“The President recognises that 55 years after the death of General J.T Aguiyi-Ironsi, Lady Victoria never stopped working for the greater good of Nigeria, and for peace, stability, healing and reconciliation in the land.
“The President sincerely hopes that Lady Victoria’s labours for the country will not be in vain, and joins all Nigerians in praying for the repose of the soul of the departed and comfort for those who mourn.”