A former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN) at the weekend eulogized his late wife, Amaka Lauretta, as a woman who was both beautiful physically and at heart as she was interred in Akparabong, Ikom, in Cross River State.
Persecondnews reports that she was buried in a mausoleum within the premises of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Parish in Akparabong, after a short service.
Ndoma-Egba’s wife and six others died in road accident in Ondo State in November.
Ndoma-Egba said: “She was devoted to service to humanity and she did not only establish public infrastructure such as schools and the Catholic parish where she was buried. She developed many individuals.
“No one comes to our house as a none graduate and leaves without being a graduate”.
He thanked the Catholic Bishop for approving that Amaka be buried in the church premises, saying the implication is that l must be buried beside my wife anytime l die.
The one-time Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) recalled with nostalgia that many sorrowful things had happened to him this year and people have asked God why.
” I can’t question God because He has blessed me many times in a year and he never questioned why the many blessings.
“I am grateful to God that Amaka, though lived a short life, but it was a fulfilled life,” he said.
The Bishop of Ogoja Diocese, Rev. Fr. Dr. Donatus Akpan, said many times, great people usually die young just as Jesus Christ, John the Baptist and several other great people had died.
“No one can escape death. Some would say why wouldn’t she had live longer than died,” he said, describing the late Amaka as a peaceful individual who treated people with honour and showed no disdain to people.
Anchoring his exaltation on the Book of Ecclesiastic 12:17, the cleric said as humans no man had control over death, but can only control lives.
A condolence message from the Vice- President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) was delivered by Mrs Mary Ekpere-Eta, the Director-General, National Centre for Women Development, Abuja.
Also, the senator representing Cross River Central, Senator Sandy Onor, expressed deep grief, noting that the year had been a “wonderful year” for the former Senate leader.
“This year had been a terrible year for Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba. First, you lost your mother, your mother-in-law, barbarians invaded your house and you also buried your wife.
“Be consoled; Ndoma-Egba to take heart for God would certainly bring you happiness”.
Dignitaries at the service included former Governor Donald Duke and his wife, Onari, the Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ivara Esu, some members of the State Executive Council, politicians and clergymen.