Former National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, yesterday described the death of Mrs. Chinyere Asika, wife of the late former administrator of the defunct East-Central State, Ukpabi Asika as devastating.
Tukur, who said that he worked closely with late Mrs. Asika in NEPAD, further described her as a great woman of virtue and excellence.
Tukur, in a statement by his Special Assistant, Prince Oliver Okpala, said that Mrs. Asika had an incomparable intellect.
“She exhumed uncommon confidence, diligence, determination, sense of duty, and above all, a penetrating spirit of nationalism while working in NEPAD and discharging her duties to the Nigerian nation.
“She was courteous, polite, well-groomed and of the vanishing species of women whose undying devotion to the family and good moral upbringing of their offspring could not be compromised.
“Mrs. Asika was natural and down to earth. She was a strong believer in the Nigerian project. Little wonder, then, that she stood solidly behind her principled husband, Late Ajie Ukpabi Asika, in the heady years of the war that Nigeria should be one, even at great personal cost and risk.
“It is no exaggeration to say that the likes of Mrs. Asika are few and far between, in the present Nigeria polity. She was a dedicated wife to her spouse and a loving mother to her precious children who are all doing marvelously well in their various chosen fields of endeavour,” he said.
Tukur added that with the passing on of this great Nigerian woman, the nation has been deprived of one of her finest crop of women.
According to him, “Her demise is an immense loss to Nigeria as a whole. We must however take solace in the fact that she fulfilled her mission on earth.
“We strut the world today, tomorrow we lie beneath the slimy earth. Life is indeed akin to a mist. God has given and God has taken away. May his holy name be praised.
We pray fervently that your gentle soul will rest in the bosom of the Lord.”

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