Clara Oshiomhole wife of governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state has died. Mrs Oshiomhole, who had not been seen at a public function for the past several months died of cancer, a source told Saharareporters.
Edo State Government Release
The Government of Edo State announces the untimely death of Her Excellency, Mrs Clara Oshiomhole, wife of the Governor of the State, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole. She was 54 years old.
Mrs. Oshiomhole, nee Akharagbon, passed on at exactly 10:53pm on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at the Abuja Clinic, Maitama, after a protracted battle with breast cancer.
Until her death, the Edo State First lady was a solid pillar behind her husband, the Governor, through his days as a frontline labour activist and through the struggle to reclaim his mandate freely given to him by the good people of Edo State.
She was the initiator of the Health Foundation for Maternal and Child Care, a pet project which is aimed at providing quality healthcare for pregnant women and the girl-child.
Condolence registers have been opened at the Government House, Osadebey Avenue, Benin City; the State Secretariat, Sapele road, Benin City; the Ministry of Information, Ezoti Street, Benin City; Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, Airport Road, Benin City; the family’s residence, 21, Niger Street, off Danube Street, Maitama, Abuja; the family’s residence, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area, Edo State; Edo House, 75, Ralph Shodeinde Street, Central Area, Abuja and Edo State Liaison office, Plot 1225, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos and Akharagbon family residence, Okaigben, Ewohimi, Esan South-East Local Government Area, Edo State.
She is survived by five children – Cyril, Winnie, Jane, Steve and Adams Jnr.
She will be deeply missed by her husband, the Governor; her children, the people and government of Edo State.
May her soul rest in peace, Amen.
Hon. Pally Iriase
Secretary to the State Government
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria express deep shock over the untimely death of Mrs. Clara Oshiomole,(Nee Akharagbon), first lady of Edo state and the piller behind our dear comrade and friend Adams Oshiomole,a formar president of our sister labour federation the Nigeria labour congress.
it is sad that Mrs Oshiomole should pass on at this point in time when her husband gaint strides have restored the pride of Edo state.
we join millions of citizens the world over in mounring this great mother and helper of our present day Nigeriaand pray that God Almighty grants her family,husband and friends the fortitude to bear this irreparable lost.
She passed away after a protracted battle with cancer. Our
checks reveal that 54 years old mother of five, died at
10.53 pm, Tuesday, at a clinic located in Maitama Abuja.
She is survived by her husband, Comrade Adams Aliyu
Oshiomole and five children (Cyril, Winnie, Jane, Steve and
Clara and Adams had aunique union, he was the head, but she was his neck.
Mrs Clara was a solid pillar behind her husband, through his
days as a frontline labour activist and through the struggle
to reclaim his mandate freely given to him by the good
people of Edo State she stood by him and the family.
TUC therefore calls for her immotalisation by upholding her pet project which she silently ran before her demise. she ran a pet project, the Health
Foundation for Maternal and Child Care, which provided
quality healthcare for pregnant women and the girl-child.
May her gently soul rest in the lord
Comrade Peter Esele
Chief John Kolawole
President Goodluck Jonathan Statement of Condolence
President Jonathan condoles Gov. Oshiomhole over wife’s death
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has expressed sadness over the death of Mrs. Clara Oshiomhole, wife of Edo State governor, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, who passed on yesterday at age 53.
In a condolence message to Governor Oshiomhole, and the government and people of Edo State today, President Jonathan said Mrs. Oshiomhole’s death is a great loss not only to Edo State but the nation in general, given her invaluable contributions to the cause of humanity.
President Jonathan described late Clara Oshiomhole as a heroine of justice and a strong supporter of the rule of law, recalling her rock-solid support for her husband, through his days as a frontline labour activist.
The president noted that Nigerians will not forget in a hurry her contributions towards addressing high mortality rate through her initiative, Health Foundation for Maternal and Child Care, aimed at providing quality healthcare for pregnant women and the girl-child.
He prayed the Almighty to grant repose to her soul, and give the Oshiomhole family, the people of Edo State and the entire nation the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Special Adviser to the President,
Media and Publicity
Atiku condoles Oshiomhole
Former Vice President and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has described the death of the wife of Edo State governor, Her Excellency Mrs Clara Oshiomhole as a big loss not only to the family but to the state and entire country.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, Atiku said “we cannot forget in a hurry how this woman stood as a solid pillar behind her husband, the Governor, through his days as a frontline labour activist and through the struggle to reclaim his mandate freely given to him by the good people of Edo State.”
He prayed that God will give the governor, the children and the entire people of Edo state the fortitude to bearing the irreparable loss.
Lagos ACN Mourns Mrs. Oshiomhole
The Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria has sympathized with the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole over the death of his loving wife and first lady of Edo State, Mrs. Clara Oshiomhole. The party urged Governor Oshionhole to bear his great loss with a spirit of equanimity as the death of his wife is not only a loss to Edo, State, the ACN but also the entire country.
In a release in Lagos, signed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Joe Igbokwe, the Party describes the late first lady of Edo State as a calm and reserved lady who has contributed immensely towards the development of Edo in the short period she has been the first lady of the state. The Party therefore prays God to grant the departed first lady of Edo State a peaceful repose while granting her husband the fortitude to bear the loss.
“For us in the ACN, the death of Mrs. Oshiomhole is a rude shock, coming when least expected such ugly news. For the entire people of Edo State, the death is a devastating development and to the comrade Governor, the death of his dear wife is a painful occurrence at this critical time in our nation’s history. We all knew and cherish Mrs. Oshiomhole through the unobtrusive and matured way she comported herself such that she never allowed her high office to force her to obstruct the great works her husband is doing to recover Edo State from long years of devastation.
“Mrs. Oshiomhole was an epitome of trained womanhood who was always there to compliment the works of her husband from the stormy days as the country’s topmost labour leader, through the murky waters of politics and further through the period of persecution which marked the fight for the recovery of her husband’s mandate and eventually to the glorious return of the stolen mandate. We note that Mrs. Oshiomhole, like other first ladies of our great Party, the ACN, had maintained a quiet and unobtrusive but very active presence as the first lady of Edo State and has avoided the prevalent urge in Nigeria to struggle for the limelight with her husband.
“As the first lady of Edo, Mrs. Oshiomhole ran the Health Foundation for Maternal and Child Care, which assisted tremendously in providing quality healthcare for children and pregnant women in Edo State. She dutifully complimented her husband as he embarks on the arduous task of restoring Edo to her lost glory.
“We mourn Mrs. Oshiomhole, a wonderful woman and firm believer in the ideals of progressive politics. We mourn with the Edo State chapter of the ACN, the government and the good people of Edo State at this sad moment. We pray that God should grand Mrs. Oshiomhole a sweet repose in heaven and grant her husband the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva Condoles Oshiomhole
Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State has expressed pain and regrets over the death of the wife of Edo State Governor, Mrs Clara Oshiomhole. In a condolence message to Governor Oshiomhole on Wednesday, Sylva described Mrs Oshiomhole’s death at this time as not only a huge loss to her husband and family but to the people of Edo State, the South-South, and beyond. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Doifie Ola, quoted Sylva as describing Mrs Oshiomhole as a great pillar of support to her husband and, indeed, other governors, in the big task of governance.
According to the Bayelsa Governor, “Her passing at this time, when the tempo of our national political responsibility is nearing fever pitch is a collective loss. It is a loss very hard to bear”. Chief Sylva advised his Edo State counterpart to take solace in the life of fulfilment his late wife has lived, and the fact that God is the ultimate and perfect decider. “We pray Him to give you and the family grace to bear the loss”.
DOIFIE OLA Chief Press Secretary to the Governor