President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Emmanuel family on the passing away of Nigeria’s first female permanent secretary, Francesca Emmanuel, at 86.
As a federal civil servant who rose to the enviable height of a Permanent Secretary until retirement in 1988, the president said the deceased’s distinguished service to the nation showcased her as a true patriot, amazon and administrator par excellence.
The president recognised her many efforts to modernise the civil service and for offering her services and wealth of experience as member of several boards and governing councils of government establishments.
The president said he believes that Mrs Emmanuel’s works would continue to be felt and honoured in the public service which she devotedly served as well as the arts, literary and fashion sectors where she excelled.
He prayed God to comfort family, friends and associates of the deceased and grant her soul eternal rest.