Ebonyi state govt declares seven-day mourning for gov’s mum

THE Ebonyi State Government has declared seven-day mourning for late Deaconess Margret Umahi, the mother of the State Governor. She passed on in an Enugu hospital Tuesday afternoon after a brief illness.

The state’s Deputy Governor, Kelechi Igwe, made the declaration yesterday in Abakaliki when members of the State Executive Council paid a condolence visit to Governor Dave Umahi in his temporary lodge along the Ezza Road.

Igwe, who is also a lawyer, said the seven-day mourning period was a mark of respect and honour to the late Deaconess.  

The deputy governor said all State Executive Council members, chairmen and members of boards and parastatal are expected to converge at the government house chapel from 9am for a one-hour praise and worship service in honour of the deceased for seven days.

Igwe further state that between the hours of 6pm and 7pm, another praise and worship service would hold at the Akanu Ibiam International Conference centre. The programme will continue until the expiration of the seven days.

The deputy governor praised the good qualities of Late Mrs. Umahi and enjoined the 13 caretaker committee chairmen, 64 development centre coordinators and all permanent secretaries in the ministries to replicate it within their jurisdictions.

Igwe, who described the death of late Mrs. Umahi as tragic and unfortunate incident, said that the state did not just lose a virtuous woman but a mother to anyone that encountered her.

Meanwhile, the Senator representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial District, Obinna Ogba, the member representing, Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency, Laz Ogbee, the former Commissioner for Grants and Donor Agency, Fred Udogu, and the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Afikpo South, Eni Uduma Chima, yesterday expressed shock over the death of Mrs. Umahi.

In a telephone interview, Senator Ogba described Mrs. Umahi as the pride of the state and urged the family to bear the irreparable loss. Ogbee and Udogu, who also expressed regrets over the loss, stated that their little encounter with the late Mrs. Umahi was life-touching and memorable as the woman was full of wisdom, energy and fear of God.

Late Mrs. Umahi touched a lot of lives in the state and in Nigeria as a whole. She is a disciplinarian, a God-fearing woman, a philanthropist and one with a heart of compassion. During the electioneering campaign, she prayed fervently for a peaceful and violence-free election. The peace of the state was paramount to her mind until her death,” Oghee said.

Eni, the Afikpo South caretaker committee chairman, described her death as a big blow to the family, the State and the nation, saying that she died when her wise counsel was needed the most.


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