Dame Patience Jonathan visits families of Bayelsa women who perished in auto crash

February 17, 2015 9:42 am

First Lady Patience Jonathan today Monday February 16th paid a
condolence visit to the bereaved families of 11 female politicians from
who died on Saturday in a car accident along East-West Road
in Rivers State.

The women were political associates of the First Lady, and died while
returning from a two-day visit to her in Okirika, Rivers State.

Dressed in black, and accompanied by prominent members of her
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Women for Change Initiative, Mrs.
Jonathan met with respective families of the lost women.

On her entourage were the wife of the state’s former governor,
Margaret Alamieyeseigha, and a former Transport Commissioner in the
state, Marie Ebikake.

At the home of one of the deceased and wife of a staff at the
Radio Corporation, Ayakpo Otolo, Mrs. Jonathan condoled the family,
sobbing intermittently.

She prayed to God to be with the family in the time of grief and
asked God to give everyone, including herself, the fortitude to bear the
loss, describing the women as her friends and sisters.

She also visited the homes of a former member of the State House of
Assembly from Brass Local Government and Special Adviser to Governor
Seriake Dickson, Ruby Benjamin.

Mrs. Jonathan was also at the residences of a former Commissioner for
Women Affairs under the administration of Governor Timipre Sylva,
Gimbra Panowei; Secretary to the State Government, Allison Oguru; and a
woman leader from Otuoke Community in Ogbia Local Government, Consider

She also visited the homes of a retired Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Pere Kalama and Clara Abila.
Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youths Council has expressed shock and disbelief over the death of the 11 women.

The group, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Eric Omare,
sympathized with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the

It prayed that the almighty God grant them the fortitude to bear the
loss, even as they also sympathized with the Governor of Bayelsa ,
Seriake Dickson, the government and people of Bayelsa over this
unfortunate incident.

“These women were not only leading Ijaw female politicians and leaders, but were responsible mothers of Ijaw Youths.

“Their adventure into the male-dominated world of politics provided
and would continue to provide the leverage for more Ijaw women to
participate in politics towards the development of Ijaw people,” the
group said.

Source: NAN

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