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Just before 4 pm yesterday, my wife surprised me with a call; she was taking one of the last turns, before reaching our residence, in Abuja. Well, I was somewhere on Waff Road in Kaduna, at that moment! I only just returned to Abuja, this afternoon; and saw her for the first time, in a few months. Surprises like that, have underscored the relationship that we have, as a couple. And I’ve known her for more than twenty-five years now, to say that the most definitive aspects of her persona, are the incredibly independent mind and tremendous organisational ability; built upon a deep intellect and emotional maturity.
And as she grew into becoming a mother and professional, her sense of community flowered. I always reminded her, that her grandparents were successful public servants, and I’ve admired the way she has endeavoured to make a sense of the responsibility she has been given, by our state. I have read the various tributes that came from our compatriots today.
They reflect an endorsement of her modest efforts in the public space. What I know, is that she would continue to give her all, to be worthy of the public trust she carries. We’ve been home today, with our kids, as a family, to celebrate her birthday. Thanks a lot, dear compatriots and friends, for always looking out for us. We appreciate your kindness and won’t ever take your trust for granted!

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