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Military Vice President Under Abacha, Lt. Gen. Diya Loses Wife To COVID-19

Valentine Chinyem

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Former Chief of General Staff and de-factor Military Vice President, Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya, has lost his beloved junior wife, Chief (Mrs) Rebecca Folashade Diya, to Coronavirus.

According to a press statement released by Olawale Adekoya, Special Adviser (Media & Strategy) to Gen Diya,  late Mrs Diya died late Monday night at 66.

“With grief in our hearts but gratitude to Almighty God, we announce the transition onto eternal glory of Chief Mrs Deborah Folashade Diya (JP), wife of His Excellency, Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya (Rtd); whose death occurred on Monday, May 18, 2020. She was aged 66.

“Madam Deborah Folashade Diya was preparing and looking forward to her 66th birthday celebration on May 23, 2020 (this week). But as man proposes, God disposes. Six days ago, she took ill and was taken to the hospital, where she took her last breath on Monday, May 18,” the statement read in parts.

“She was a devout Christian, a loyal and dedicated wife, a loving mother, an alluring grandmother and a passionate chorister at United African Methodist (Evangelical) Church, Abule Ijesha, Yaba, Lagos. She was a chorister who sang and danced for the Lord all the way.”

Members of the household, however, are said to be under isolation including the General.