I’ll Be Leaving Office Without Any Corruption Case, Scandal, Says Ebonyi First Lady


By Chinwe Imo-Eze Onwosi

Wife of Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs Rachael Umahi, on Tuesday said she would be exiting as Ebonyi’s First Lady in 2023 at the expiration of her husband’s tenure as a more gracious, happier, refined, experienced and more fulfilled person.

Mrs Umahi said she didn’t have any pending case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and her name had never appeared on the pages of newspapers for any wrongdoing or scandal.

Mrs Umahi stated this on Tuesday while opening her new ultra-modern office at the centenary city, a new government house, Abakaliki.

“Nobody checks the time more than the way I do and so, I am leaving the office more gracious, happier, more refined, more experienced, and more fulfilled. Have you ever seen my name on the pages of newspapers for scandal? I don’t have pending EFCC visitation. If you want to rest, rest well. The world is enough for everybody, but it is never enough for everybody with greed”, she stated.

The Governor’s wife identified patience, perseverance and listening ear as key to a successful marriage and other achievements in life.

“A lot of people are wondering, it’s barely a year and some months to the end of this administration, why the noise. Let me remind you, the end of a matter is better than the beginning. The perfection of what is started by God Almighty is the end and it is always the best.

“I want to teach my women to have patience, perseverance, and God’s timing. If you want to end well in any relationship, especially marriage, have a listening ear to that person God sent to you. It is God who sends a man to a woman. Do not judge the book by the cover; grumbling, murmuring in a matter that you are not sure of, can lead you to hellfire.

“Those who are murmuring, time is up, time is up, do you know, in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there are two tenures of four years each. The people will know the time to review if they want you again. If they do, you will come for another four years. So, immediately you are buying the form, you already know the expiring date of your first tenure”, she stated.

The First lady called on women to make the new ultra-modern office very busy and vibrant by bringing up programmes that would impact them positively, adding that she would continue to champion the well-being of women, the vulnerable and less privileged in the society.

In her remarks, the State Chairman of ALGON and chairman of Ohaozara LGA, Mrs Nkechinyere Iyioku commended Mrs Umahi for all she had been doing for women folk in the State

She lauded her for ensuring women were given 40 percent appointments in the current administration.

“During the 2015 campaign, Ebonyi women asked for 35% but mummy, you gave us 40%. This is the first time in the history of Ebonyi that more women are elected as local government Chairmen. This is the first time in the history of Ebonyi state that a woman is now the ALGON Chairman.

“This is the first time in the history of Ebonyi state that three women are elected to the state House of Assembly. This is the first time in the history of Ebonyi state that 12 women are elected as members of the state executive council,” she said

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