Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State
Anambra governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has asked politicians wishing to directly give him money or spend same on newspaper advertorials during the burial of his mother, the late Madam Christiana Obiano, to channel such money to the foundation to be set up for his mother. The burial comes up on Thursday, July 20.
The governor in a press release signed by the commissioner for information, communication and strategy, Mr Tony Nnacheta, and made available to Fides in Awka, advised those who intend to make donations to the burial to rather donate such monies to a foundation in honour of the matriarch.
The release also stated that rather than place condolence messages in the media, friends and supporters of the governor should consider donating such money to the Christy Obiano Foundation for the poor, in fulfilment of her last wish.
The late Mrs Christiana Obiano had passed on last month at the age of 90 at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi after a brief illness.
The release stated that she would be buried on 20th July in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area.
Born into the Azodo Manafa family of Eziagulu Village in Aguleri, Mrs Christiana Obiano embraced Christianity at a very young age and grew up to become one of the major pillars in her local parish of the Catholic Church.
Mrs Obiano was famous for her generosity and accommodating disposition which earned her several nicknames, including names like ''Mother of the poor”
She was married to the late Philip Onuorah Obiano, a marriage blessed with four children, vis: Willie, Cyril, Queen and Evaristus.
Her husband passed away in November, 1978 at the age of 57.
She assumed control of the family which she supported with the proceeds from her business of selling fish at the Ose-Okwuodu Market in Onitsha.