Condolences and eulogies have been trooping in since the death of the matriarch of the Awolowo’s dynasty was announced today Saturday, September 19, 2015.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed immense sadness over the news of the passing away of Mrs Hannah Dideolu Awolowo.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
On behalf of the Federal Government and people of Nigeria, President Buhari extends sincere commiserations to the children, grand children and great grand children of the “Jewel of Inestimable Value” on the death of their famed matriarch, just a few weeks before her hundredth birthday.
The president joins them and millions of admirers of her late, revered husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in mourning Chief HID Awolowo.
“She will be long remembered and celebrated as the famous spouse and pillar of strength of the late nationalist, political leader and sage“.
Some of the early callers to the Awolowo’s residence on condolence visit were the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, and Ogun State ex-governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, who arrived at 5.55p.m.
In the deputy governor’s entourage were the Bishop of Remo Diocese Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Olusina Fape and his wife, Toyin.
Others include Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, the Secretary to the Ogun State Government.
Onanuga, in her condolence message, said “The state government and the people of Ogun commiserate with the entire family on the passing of our matriarch. The news of her departure came to us as a shock, when we are preparing for her centenary birthday. Indeed, Ogun State has lost a mother, who has always been supportive of the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led government, It is our prayer that her gentle soul rest in peace”.
In his own message, Daniel said, “Mama’s death was not totally unexpected, but the reality is something that cannot be expected for the Yoruba nation, entire country and the entire world. It is indeed the end of an era. We take solace in the fact that Mama and the entire Awolowo clan have several children of which I remain proud to be one of them.”