Eminent Nigerians paid glowing tributes at the funeral rite/thanksgiving ceremony of the late Mrs Adeline Ndoma-Egba, mother of the chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba.
She died at the age of 92 and was buried last weekend at her home town, Akparabong in Ikom Local Government of Cross River State.
In a good will message by the president, Muhammadu Buhari which was read on his behalf by the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo Ita, he urged the family of the deceased not to be in despair because of the death of their mother but see it as a necessary end and route which every mortal must pass through.
“Your mother was a great woman of honour. Her demise is a monumental loss due to the numerous and enormous contributions that she made to the development and growth of the nursing profession in Nigeria,” the president said.
He hailed the deceased for her good works and contributing her quota towards the development of the society she found herself, adding that the matriarch, community leader and devoted Christian of the Presbyterian faith, had a positive impact on the religious and societal wellbeing of the people during her lifetime.
The Prelate /Moderator of General Assembly, the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Most Rev. Nzie Nsi Eke (JP) who officiated at the funeral called for the peaceful co-existence of the various ethnic groups in Nigeria irrespective of the differences in culture, religion and language.
Eke said Nigeria had the potentials and the land mass needed to make the citizens of the country co-exist peacefully as one indivisible entity.
He said he could not understand why there has been fighting among citizens of the country who ought to co-exist harmoniously as one people irrespective of the geo-political zone the people happen to find themselves.
“Nigeria can accommodate us, if we tolerate one another irrespective of the geo-graphical location we find ourselves. As a people, our responsibility is to go after things and issues that can make us co-exist peacefully as one indivisible entity instead of getting on each other's throats in the name of religious bigotry, ethnic sentiment and going after things and issues that tend to tear us apart.
“God loves us all. All that we need to do is to love one another so that the peace that we desire can reign in the land,” the prelate said.
He said that there was no way the country could thrive economically, politically and otherwise if the peace that is supposed to reign in the land eludes the people, adding that it wasn't only the responsibility of government to enthrone peace in the land but the responsibility of all the citizens to ensure that peace reigns.
In his own tribute, Ndoma-Egba described the mother as “a most incredible lady”, adding that the late matriarch was a no nonsense woman who assiduously worked to ensure that children raised under her roof grew up to become truly useful citizens of Nigeria.
“You left the safety of your comfort zone, Jamaica, your place of birth, England, your place of residence, traversing time and cultural zones to take a chance with the love of your life with a life together.
“You stood by your husband, chose to stay with him during the very trying Nigerian Civil War of 1967 to 1970 to avail the sick, injured and needy of your training as a nurse in spite of your very young children.”
Top government functionaries, captains of industry, top politicians and the who's who in the society who graced the occasion also paid tributes to the NDDC chairman's late mother.