Nigeria First (Abuja)

17 July 2012

Nigeria: 1st Lady Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan's Tribute to Mrs. Alice Koroma

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Tribute of Her Excellency, Dame (Dr.) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria, at the burial of Mrs. Alice Koroma, mother of His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Federal Republic of Sierra Leone, on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in Sierra Leone.

PROTOCOL

It was with shock and a heavy heart that I received news of the transition of our beloved mother, Lady Alice Koroma, the beloved mother of our friend and brother, His Excellency, Dr Ernest Bai Kroma, the President of Sierra Leone.

I share your joy and gratitude today, as you reflect on the long and fulfilled life of great virtues that it has pleased God to grant to our late Matriarch.

This is because the true importance of our existence is the virtues we bring into it, and the values we can create for others around us. Today, many disadvantaged and needy persons are witnesses that they found comfort in the warm embrace of our dear Mama Koroma, while she lived.

In the context above, I am proud to note that our mother stood tall and was successful in her life time, during which she offered herself as a pillar of support to her family, community and the entire nation of Sierra Leone.

This perhaps is the reason why the people of Sierra Leone fondly refer to her as "The Rock of Gibraltar".

I have noticed with pleasure that Mama built a successful career as a Teacher and wife of a respected Reverend Minister, which gave her the opportunity to build the lives of many young people along the lines of Godliness and sound moral values.

It is not in doubt that Mama left these lasting legacies, because it can easily be seen in the lives of her children, especially our dynamic President Ernest Koroma, who can be correctly described as "the fruit of a righteous tree".

No doubt, Africa has lost a worthy Amazon in the person of Mama Alice Koroma.

It is my prayer that Almighty God will grant Africans in general and Sierra Leoneans in particular, grace and the strength to bear this irreparable loss.

As Christians, I am sure you recognize the significance of total submission to the will of God in all things. It is therefore my hope that His Excellency will assist the members of the family to give God praise, even in these trying circumstances.

My dear husband, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, myself and indeed all Nigerians, join you, the entire family and the nation to mourn the departure of a truly accomplished woman.

May Almighty God grant her soul a peaceful repose, and you the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

Adieu, Mama Alice.

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