- Diri, while condoling with the Azazi family of Peretorugbene Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa, said that in spite of the challenges she encountered in life, she remained strong and kept faith in God
Bayelsa Gov. Douye Diri has described the late Mrs Mary Azazi, mother of the late former National Security Adviser, retired Gen. Andrew Azazi, as a role model who lived a life worthy of emulation.
A statement by Mr Daniel Alabra, Diri’s Chief Press Secretary, quoted him as speaking on Wednesday night in Yenagoa at the vigil mass in honour of Mama Azazi, who died at the age of 103 years.
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The state government urged the living to emulate the worthy lifestyle of the departed centenarian as everyone would be remembered for what one did while one was alive.
Diri urged the family to take solace in the fact that she lived a good life and sustain her legacy by putting humanity ahead of personal considerations.
“We came here not to mourn a mother who lived up to 103 years. We always pray for long life and prosperity. God blessed our mother with life and with children.
“So, on behalf of the government and good people of the state, I condole with the Azazi family, the Peretorugbene and Ojobo communities, all of us from Bayelsa and Delta states, and indeed the Ijaw race.
“We lost a mother who is never too old to die.
“I enjoin us to look at the life of our late mother. Even at those critical points that she lost her own children, she still kept believing in God. Let us look at her life as a role model.