Patience Jonathan says her late mother was an icon

By The Citizen

The First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, Thursday paid glowing tribute to her late mother, Madam Charity Oba, describing her as an icon.

Sh said that she was 'a mother in a million who was a devoted mother and a devout Christian.'

Mrs. Jonathan recalled that Madam Charity Oba, who was the younger sister of her biological mother, had raised her from a tender age and made her the person who she is today.

The First Lady, who was being consoled by her mother in-law, Mrs. Eunice Jonathan, remarked philosophically that 'God knows best.', when sympathizers including  former Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Anthony Anenih and some top aides.

The residence of the first family has become a mecca of some sought since the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan returned to the country Wednesday night.

Some delegations that have already come and gone include that of the Rivers and Bayesal states.

The First Lady also received State Governors who came to commiserate with her over the death of her mother.

Speaking on behalf of the Governors, Dr. Godswill Akpabio, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom  State, urged Mrs. Jonathan to take heart, while offering the deep condolences of the PDP family to the First Lady and her extended family.

In response, the First Lady thanked the governors for their prayers and for their concern.

State Governors present included that of Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa,  Delta, Kogi, Katsina and  Enugu States.Also present were Ministers, Heads of Government Agencies, wives of top government officials as well as Mrs. Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the Ambassador of Nigeria to Spain.