By Chuks Onuoha.
Abia state Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has stressed the need for Abians to use opportunity of the final exit of the spouse the premier of Eastern Region, Dr Michael Iheonukara Okpara, Adanma, to reawaken the strength, resilience and entrepreneurial spirit of the people of Abia to move the state forward.
He thanked God for giving Abia the enigma called Okpara, who recorded great achievements,which are yet to be surpassed by leaders dead or alive.
Ikpeazu was speaking at Williams Memorial Grammer school, Afugiri, Umuahia North LGA, where the the Methodist Church Nigeria (MCN), conducted the funeral service the late PREMIER’S wife, Lady Adanma Okpara.
Ikpeazu described the event as a moment of sober reflection, which marks the end of a glorious era of Okpara, who was the Premier of Eastern region.
He recalled that in the days of Okpara as the Premier of Eastern Nigeria, the economy was one of the fastest growing ones in the world, and regretted that some South East Governors, were not present to bid her final goodbye.
He also expressed disappointment that the Federal Government could not send official representation to honour the late spouse of late Dr Okpara, who brought accolades to the country in general and the region in particular during his days as Premier.
He however described late Adanma Okpara as a humble woman, who personally touched his life, adding that he learnt a lot from her and promised to sustain her legacies as much as he would.
After the funeral service at Williams Memorial Grammer school, Afugiri, her remains was laid to rest in her county home, Umuegwu Okpuala, in Umuahia North LGA.
Late Lady Adanma Okpara, a Knight of John Wesley of the Methodist Church, was aged 99 years, and is survived by five children, many grand and great-grandchildren, among whom is one time Chairman of People’s Democratic Party(PDP) in Abia State, Chief Uzodinma Okpara.
Eminent personalities, including the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt Hon Engr Chinedum Orji, former Senate President, Senator Adolphus Wabara, Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, former PDP National Organizing Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu, former Minister of State, Defence, Ambassador Aguiyi Ironsi, Secretary General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Ambassador Okey Emuchay, and others, too numerious to mention here attended the funeral service.