From Paul Osuyi, Asaba
THE city of Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State came alive yesterday as prominent Nigerians stormed the town for the burial ceremony of Mrs. Alice Emefiele, mother of governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr. Babachir David Lawal led the dignitaries including former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa was among the state governors that graced the occasion. Others dignitaries included Head of Service of the federation, Mrs. Wilfred Oyo- Ita, ministers, religious leaders and traditional rulers.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara were both represented at the ceremony that was also graced by federal and state lawmakers, and politicians.
The business community was not left out as business icons including Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola and Jim Ovia were in attendance.
In his condolence message presented by Mr. Lawal, President Buhari described the late Mrs. Emefiele as “a great mother, community leader and a peace maker. She had in no small measure contributed to the growth and development of her own community.”
While extending the condolence of his family and the Federal Government, Buhari prayed God to give the family the fortitude to bear the loss of their beloved mother.
He added that the deceased lived a good life and left a legacy of love and humility, and enjoined Nigerians to emulate her virtues of love which he insisted, would lead to enduring peace and unity in the country.
The president advised mothers to be hard working in order to train their children, and in return, such children would be pride to the family, the community and the nation at large.