The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday, condoled with the family of Mrs. Janet Okwaraji, who died at the age of 83.
Mrs Okwaraji was the mother of the late Super Eagles’ star, Sam Okwaraji, who died in August 1989 while playing for the national team.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said as a mother, who lost her son in an unexpected situation, he believed that Mrs Okwaraji deserved to be acknowledged for her resilience and nobility, despite the odds.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with family of Lady Janet Okwaraji, a teacher and school proprietress, who passed on at 83, leaving a lasting memory of kindness, love, and charity as a devout Christian.
“The President believes Lady Okwaraji, whose son, Samuel, died in August 1989 while playing for the Super Eagles in a World Cup qualifier, will always be remembered for the sacrifices of the family for the nation.
“President Buhari affirms that the matriarch of the Okwaraji family, like her son, defined simplicity, loyalty, and patriotism in many ways as she remained steadfast, believing in Nigeria, despite the vicissitude of life.
“As a mother, who lost her son in an unexpected situation, the President believes Lady Janet deserved to be acknowledged for her resilience and nobility, despite the odds.
“President Buhari prays that the almighty God will grant her soul eternal rest, and comfort her loved ones.”
– Punch Newspaper