One of the oldest persons in Edo State, Madam Veronica Uloko, has revealed an age-long secret of outgoing Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
132-year-old Madam Uloko, who is blind and can no longer walk due to old age, hails from Oshiomhole’s hometown in Iyamho community, Etsako clan, Edo State.
Now she wants God to take her life because of the agony she was undergoing over the loss of three of her seven children, especially the 73-year-old son that died in August, this year.
Speaking to Niger Delta Voice, NDV, at Iyamho through her 71-year-old son, Obanor, who served as interpreter during the interview, Madam Uloko said she cannt bear to watch her children die while she lives.
On the secret behind Oshiomhole’s uncommon boldness, the super centenarian said: “Our people in Iyamho are not cowards and they live straight forward life, they do not cheat and they are very bold people and I think that is why God blesses us with long life and wisdom, including Oshiomhole, in Iyamho.
“We are happy that only one man came to rescue us, not only our people, the entire Edo north and Edo state.
“God will bless Oshiomhole. When he was announced as the winner, I was dancing with one leg inside because I could not walk as an old woman.
“I pray that Oshiomhole will get another big appointment when he leaves as governor. I thank Oshiomhole for what he has done for our people, when you come to our village, Iyamho; you will not recognize the place again, as people continue to tell me because I can no longer see. I have prayed for him and I will continue to pray for him because he made our people proud.”
On how she feels at her age, Madam Uloko said: “I am very happy that God gave me a long life, but since my son died, I have been praying to God to come and take my life. I cannot remain while my children are dying after getting old.
“Governor Oshiomhole’s mother came to greet me the other day and I was happy. My father was older than me, but I am not happy at all since my son died and I have been weeping since then. I can no longer see well, I use to see very well but I can no longer see well. I have seven children, but one died three months ago, while two died years ago. So I am not happy at all.
“I thank God for giving me long life and that is all I pray for people today, but I am no longer enjoying it due to the death of my son.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the Edo University, Iyamho, in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State as part of his two-day official visit to the state.
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