The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has remarked that it is the Almighty that provides strength in trying times. The First Lady made this remark on Saturday, in her home at Otuoke, Bayelsa State when members of the Anglican Diocesan Women’s Guild, Bayelsa Chapter, led by its president, Mrs. Ayebaene Oruwori held a prayer session during their condolence visit to the First Lady over the death of her mother, Madam Charity Oba.
Dame Jonathan noted that it was important to trust in God at all times, as it is only the Almighty who has the ability to fill the vacuum created by the death of her mother, who was fondly called “Mama Sisi”.
The First Lady has continued to receive various traditional, religious and social groups in Otuoke who have come to commiserate with her and offer prayers for the extended family and for the soul of the deceased.
Women of the Ohaneze N’igbo Women’s Wing, led by its chairperson, Mrs. Grace Onyeali, were among the callers who offered prayers for God to grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Madam Oba.
While receiving traditional delegations, the traditional ruler, Chief Nzekwe Kelly from Anambra State, observed that it is always painful when one loses a beloved mother. He however urged Mrs. Jonathan not to be disheartened or sad as the Almighty would console her.
Meanwhile, the residence of the late Charity Oba, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has continued to receive an influx of people from all walks of life who have come to sympathize with family members. This was the first place Dame Patience called at when she arrived in Rivers State yesterday. She held a private meeting with family members and also received sympathizers including Mrs. Judith Amaechi, Wife of the Rivers State Governor.
Mrs. Amaechi who was accompanied by the State Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Ikuru, signed the condolence register which was placed in front of a large portrait of Madam Oba and a photograph for her grandchild, Favour, who also died in the car accident