Press Release: President Recounts Compassionate Nature of Madam Charity Oba

The President, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has described the late Madam Charity Oba, mother of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, as a compassionate and caring mother, who would go the extra mile to help those in need.
President Jonathan made this remark at the State House, Abuja today, 25/07/2013, when a delegation of Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party members resident in Abuja paid a condolence visit to the First Lady over the death of her mother, Madam Oba, in a road accident on Monday 22, July 2013.
The President noted that his mother-in-law’s kind, selfless and accommodating nature made her sudden death all the more painful. He described breaking the news of the death to his wife, the First Lady, as a very difficult task for him to do. The President, on a philosophical note, however stated that “life is ephemeral.” He stated that it was therefore important for each individual to do his or her best in every opportunity that presents itself.
He prayed for God to comfort his wife who he said “was devastated by the sudden departure of her dear mother.”
The President, on behalf of his wife and the extended family, thanked the sympathizers for their show of love and concern.
Earlier, Senator George Thomson Sekibo, representing Rivers East Constituency, noted that the delegation had come on behalf of the people of Rivers State to condole with Dame Jonathan. He described late Madam Charity Oba as a great asset to the First Family, offering wise counsel to both the President and the First Lady. Senator Sekibo remarked that Madam Oba was “the strategic pillar and bridge builder” of the family. He recalled that she was full of life and made a great impact on her community. He prayed for the good Lord to grant her soul eternal rest.
Also present at the occasion were, Her Excellency, Mrs. Rachael Dickson, the wife of the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, the Hon. Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike; Hon. Austin Opara, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and former Minister of Transport, Dr. Abiye Seikibo. Others were the State House Chaplain, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba, and other PDP members from Rivers State in the National Assembly.
In a related development, the members of the Federal Executive Council, led by the Vice President, Arc. Namadi Mohammed Sambo, also paid a condolence visit to the First Lady. The President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, while receiving the group, again painfully recalled the rare attributes of his late mother-in-law, Madam Charity Oba, who he described as a “supportive and caring” mother.
In his remarks on the occasion, the Vice President noted that the demise of Madam Oba was a great loss to the nation. He observed that she led an exemplary life and prayed God to comfort all those she left behind, especially the immediate family of the deceased.
Other callers to the State House to commiserate with the First Lady were the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, as well as a delegation from the Federal Capital Territory led by the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed. Other callers included the wife of the former Head of State, Mrs. Ajoke Mohammed and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar.

A.O. Adesugba (Mrs.)
Director (Information)
July 24, 2013

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