Okpara, Ironsi widows pass on within days of each other

Widows of Eastern Region Premier, Michael Okpara, and Nigerian military ruler, JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi, pass within a day of each other.

The death of late Aguiyi-Ironsi’s widow, Lady Victoria today comes a day after Chief Adanma Okpara died.

Mrs. Okpara was wife of popular late Premier of Eastern Region, Dr. Michael Iheonukara Okpara, popularly known as MI Power.

Dr. Okpara succeeded Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe as Premier of old Eastern Nigeria and ruled the Region between 1960 and 1966.

Amb. Tom Aguiyi-Ironsi, son of the Lady Victoria, broke the news of his mother’s passing this morning.

He said she died at the early hours of today, 23 August 2021.

Lady Victoria was the spouse of Nigeria’s first Military Head of State (January-July 1966) Maj. General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi.

The Agui-Ironsis are from Ndume Ibeku Umuahia, while the Okparas are from Afugiri, also in Umuahia, Abia State.

The Abia League of Professional Initiatives mourned both deaths in a statement just released today 23 August.

League Convener, Mr. Sonny iroche said:

“We thank God for the long lives of the two strong and respected Amazons, as they were both over 90’years old.

“Our condolences to the families of Michael Iheonukara Okpara and Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi both of Umuahia, Abia State.”

Okpara, Ironsi widows pass on within days of each other