President Muhammadu Buhari and Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki have commiserated with the General Overseer of Trinity House (Church), Lagos, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, on the death of his wife, Ibidunni.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said the cleric faithfully prays for the country, and the government.
He reportedly “sent President Buhari a personal letter of condolence when his former Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, passed away in April”.
“Please, accept my condolences. May God give you the fortitude to bear the loss, and strengthen you in this trying time,” the President said.
Also, in a condolence message to the cleric, Obaseki said: “…As close friends, our grief is hard to describe in words.
“Ibidunni was one of the finest among us; she was full of life and gave herself to causes that edified life and living. In her personal capacity and through the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation, she impacted society, helping to bring joy and happiness to peoples’ lives.”
The late Mrs. Ituah-Ighodalo, 40, may have suffered a heart attack and died in her sleep around 2 a.m on Sunday, The Nation has learnt.
The former Miss LUX Nigeria reportedly died inside her hotel room in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
She was said to have travelled to Bayelsa and Rivers states where her events company, Elizabeth, was helping with the building of isolation centres for COVID-19 patients.
The Nation reports that the late beauty queen was also instrumental to the setting up of the Enugu Isolation Centre, from where she shared a post on her now deactivated Instagram page, about fracturing her leg while on it, but still ensured the job was done well.
Confirming her death, a statement by Asue Ighodalo on behalf of the Ighodalo and Olaleye Ajayi families appealed that their privacy be respected in this difficult time.
Although the statement was silent on the place and possible cause of death, Mrs. Ituah-Ighodalo’s manager, Lawal Nurudeen, told BBC pidgin that she died inside her hotel room in Port Harcourt.
The Rivers State Police Command, last night, had not confirmed the cause of her death as its spokesman Nnamdi Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said he had not received any situation report on the matter.