The Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, Prof Gregory Ibe has bemoaned the tragic demise of two prominent Abia Amazons, Lady Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi and Nneoha Adanma Okpara. Speaking against the backdrop of news conveying the coincidental death of the two notable women, both at the age of 97 and almost on the same day, Prof Ibe described the development as “a tragic double whammy of substantial proportion”, a condolence message made available to Nigeria Royal Mail ProGIMA-Prof Gregory Ibe Media Associates says. According to Prof Ibe, “In both Lady Victoria and Adanma Okpara, Abia suffered the loss of a unique breed of women who signposted the rare qualities of courage, bravery, astuteness, and motherliness. As youthful wives of our late revered leaders, General Aguiyi Ironsi and Dr Michael Okpara, they were supportive partners of progress to their husbands, who were both saddled with the responsibility of championing the cause of the masses, at national and regional levels respectively. It is on record that these Amazons never disappointed but excelled on all fronts”.
Prof Ibe encouraged Abians, especially members of the bereaved families to bear their loss with stoic equanimity especially in acknowledgment of the legacies they bequeathed humanity. “He, therefore, enjoined the state government to immortalize the late women by naming some strategic public infrastructure in their honour, especially in view of the coincidence, omen, and symbolism of their double death within the season of commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the creation of Abia state.”