Nigeria’s former First Lady Dame Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi is dead. The wife of Nigeria’s first Military Head of State, Major Gen Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi died at the age of 90-Years. Her son Ambassador Tom Aguiyi Ironsi confirmed to NewsCritic the death of the matriarch of the Ironsi family in a telephone conversation.
Amb Tom said yes the news is true and we are going to address a press conference at Umuana on Friday to make public the details.
Lady Aguiyi-Ironsi died at 4am this morning, Monday August 23, 2021, after a prolonged battle with stroke. Family sources said she died at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia where she was admitted few days ago.
Her death is coming barely 24 hours after the death of Lady Adanma Okpara, wife of the late Premier of Eastern Region, Dr Michael Iheonukara Okpara, who died at her country home Umuekwu Okpuala Ohuhu Clan in Umuahia North LGA of Abia State.
Both Amazons and their spouses hailed from Umuahia North LGA and had kept low profile lifestyles since the demise of their husbands many years ago. Aguiyi Ironsi died in July 29, 1966 during a counter coup which was led by some Northern military officers, while Okpara died in December 15, 1984 after celebrating a cultural festival in Umuekwu Okpuala.