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The wife of Nigeria’s first Military Head of State, Major General Johnson Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi, has died, The Eastern Updates can confirm.
Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, who served as First Lady between January and July 1966, was 97.
She died on Monday at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia in Abia State.
Recall that her husband, Aguiyi-Ironsi, was killed in Ibadan, Oyo State, on July 29, 1966, in one of Nigeria’s bloodiest coups.
She reportedly never remarried and had eight children who were taken and cared for by nuns in Ibadan during the Nigerian civil war.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his deepest condolences to the Aguiyi-Ironsi family, and government and people of Abia State on the passing.
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