Sad day in Anambra as Oby Ezekwesili's mother dies of cancer

Sad day in Anambra as Oby Ezekwesili's mother dies of cancer

- Former minister of education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has lost her mother, Cecilia Nwayiaka Ujubuonu

- Madam Ujubuonu died on the evening of Sunday, June 21

- Ezekwesili expressed sadness over the loss of her mother in a tweet on Tuesday, June 23

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A former minister of education and ex-deputy managing director at the World Bank, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has lost her mother, Cecilia Nwayiaka Ujubuonu. reports that in an official press statement by her media office on Monday, June 22, and signed by her spokesperson and publicist, Ozioma Ubabukoh, Mama Ujubuonu died in the late hours of Sunday, June 21, at the age of 78.

According to the statement, the deceased who was a native of Ndodolu village, Umunuko, Ukpor, Nnewi South local government area of Anambra state, became a widow following the death of her husband, Benjamin Ujubuonu, in 1988.

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"Born on April 18, 1942, Ujubuonu, a retired businesswoman, devoted her life to her children, grandchildren, church and service to humanity.

Sad day in Anambra as Oby Ezekwesili's mother dies of cancer
The late Cecilia Nwayiaka Ujubuonu, the mother of former Nigeria's minister of education, Obiageli Ezekwesili.
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"She died in the arms and home of her daughter, Ezekwesili, in Abuja on Sunday night from cancer. Until her death, she was a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God," the statement added.

In her tweet on Tuesday, June 23, Ezekwesili lamented the death of her mother, saying that it was difficult for her to see her mum go.

She, however, noted that she was happy that her mother peacefully returned to God Almighty, adding that the deceased gave her and her siblings everything to become great in life.

"Nnem. Nnem. Cried to see you go, but rejoicing that it is a peaceful & glorious return to our Lord Jesus whom you loved so much. You gave us & everyone who you met in life the kindest, most sacrificial love. Your energy will always live in us & keep us believing. Godspeed Nnem," she tweeted.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that Ezekwesili berated Governor Nyesom Wike over what she termed as "flagrant abuse of power" after he demolished two hotels in Rivers state over the alleged breaching of lockdown.

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It was reported that Wike had imposed a lockdown in two local government areas and directed all hotels in the area to suspend services immediately as parts of measures to check the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He warned residents that failure to comply with the order would attract instant demolition. On Sunday, May 10, photos on social media showed the governor personally supervising the demolition of the hotels.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, May 10, the former presidential aspirant described the action of the governor as one lacking "self-discipline in the absence of social accountability."

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