The remains of Deaconess Florina Nuguta-Emmanuel, mother of Senator Emmanuel Paulker was interred at her home town, Opolo Community in Yenagoa Local Government Area, where former President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Douye Diri and other dignitaries honoured her passage.
Other notable personalities who attended the burial at the weekend included Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, former Managing Director of NDDC, Chief Timi Alaibe, Senator Ehigie Uzamere and the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Solomon Aguananagha.
Deaconess Nuguta-Emmanuel, until her death on the 2nd of May last year, lived over a 100 years.
In his tribute, Dr. Jonathan said though he joins the family to mourn her passage, pointed out that Mama was endowed with the gift of long life to have reached the glorious age of over a hundred years.
The former President who attended the funeral with his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, expressed delight that she lived a fulfilled life characterized by hard work, perseverance and dedication as a devout Christian.
He said the Centenarian devoted her life, time and resources to the service of God, even through sad and challenging times.
Dr. Jonathan also remarked that Mama was well respected in communities within and beyond Bayelsa state, stating that it was her motherly mentorship and guidance which she extended to many that earned her the sobriquet “General Mama”
His words “Mama lived a fulfilled life characterized by hard work and perseverance, she was a devoted Christian with special gift of quoting and exploring bible verses, that left those who knew her in awe”
“She dedicated her life, time and resources in service to God even through sad and challenging times”
Also, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, who was represented by his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, described death as irreversible but noted that losing a mother is irredeemable.
Senator Diri, while commiserating with the Paulker-Emmanuel family, called on them to be consoled in the love of God and in the knowledge that the state government share in their pain.
The governor said it pleases him to note that Mama was a devoted Christian in service to God and humanity, which endeared her to so many people within and outside the Opolo community owing to her Mother Theresa nature.
According to the governor “death is irreversible but losing a mother is irredeemable. But be consoled in the love of God and the knowledge that we share in your pain.
“It pleases me to know that Mama was a devout Christian who dedicated her life in service to God and humanity. Testimonies abound of her Mother Theresa character, preaching God’s word of peace, caring and providing food for the less privileged around her.”
Governor Diri who renewed his call on Bayelsans to love themselves, prayed God to grant the family the grace and fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
Responding, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, thanked all and sundry, especially the state government for honoring the memory of his beloved mother at his moment of grief.