The wife of late Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State, Amina, has described the last moment spent with her husband as a “blessed one.”
She stated this on Sunday in Kaduna, during the Eucharistic Mass at St. Patrick’s Chaplaincy, Government House. Amina said the usual routine for them was to offer private prayer every morning, before joining the daily celebration of mass at 6 a.m. at the chaplaincy. She said that on Saturday, she was unable to say the usual prayers with her husband because she was down with catarrh, which made her very weak.
The widow said the late Yakowa then woke her up, urged her to get well soon so that she can join him in the thanksgiving service of the wife of the President, Patience Jonathan, scheduled to hold on Sunday, December 16. She described her marriage to the late governor as a happy one. In his homily, the Archbishop of Kaduna, Matthew Ndagoso, described the late governor as a dedicated man who used his position to promote peace, unity and development in the state.
Mr. Ndagoso advised the family and people in the state not to despair, but rather be positive as the late governor had lived a good life worthy of emulation. The archbishop tasked Yakowa’s successor to continue with the projects initiated by his predecessor. On his part, Joseph Hayab, the Special Adviser on Christian Affairs to Mr. Yakowa, described the late governor as an incorruptible, hardworking and dedicated person. Mr. Yakowa and five others including a former National Security Adviser, Andrew Azazi, died when a helicopter they were travelling in crashed in Bayelsa.