By Emmanuel Adigwe
President Muhammadu Buhari has penned his tribute to the mother of late Samuel Okwaraji.
According to reports, Janet Okwaraji, died at the age of 83 at her home in Enugu and her death was announced by her eldest son, Patrick.
The president’s message, which was released by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, stated that the role played by Janet Okwaraji will not be forgotten.
He said: “President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with the 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.”