By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Obong Iberedem Akwa Ibom in Oyo State, Edidem Etim Bassey Akanyak (ARSM) has condoled with Governor Seyi Makinde, his entire family and the good people of the state over the death of his mother, Mrs. Abigail Makinde.
Mrs Abigail Makinde died at the age of 81 years in the early hours of Thursday without any sign of ailment.
The Obong in a statement on Saturday described the demise of the matriarch of Makinde dynasty as a huge loss to the family and the state as a whole.
“On behalf of my family, the Royal throne of Akwa Ibom State in Oyo State, Elders Council, AKISCOM and the good people of Akwa Ibom State in Oyo State, we hereby commiserate with our God given governor, Engr Seyi on the death of his mother Mrs Abigail Makinde.
“The news of the sudden passage of this great matriarch came to us as a rude shock. She had done a lot for the state through her son, governor Seyi Makinde. Though her exit is painful, we believe she has gone to rest.
“We pray God to give the governor and his entire family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.
The monarch then urged the people of the state to pray and rally support for governor Makinde at this trying period.