Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, wife of the late Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, first Nigerian military head of state, has died at the age of 97.
Newsonspot.com.ng learnt she died at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia state in the early hours of Monday after a prolonged battle with stroke.
She was born on November 21, 1923, and was first lady from January 17, 1966 to July 1966.
She married Aguiyi-Ironsi as a 16-year-old student of Holy Rosary Convent School, Okigwe in 1953.
Her husband was killed in Ibadan, Oyo state, on July 29, 1966 in a coup, and she never remarried.
Victoria’s husband Aguiyi-Ironsi was the supreme commander of the National Military Government for six months before being overthrown and assassinated in the 1966 Nigerian counter-coup.
She would have been 98 on November 21, 2021.
She had eight children who were taken and cared for by nuns in Ibadan during the Nigerian civil war.