The Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has expressed his condolence to the family of the late Nigerian statesman, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, over the demise of the matriarch of the Awolowo clan, Hannah Idowu Dideolu, who passed on yesterday at the age of 99.
Governor Ikpeazu extends the sincere feelings of the good people of Abia State to the family of Awolowo, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun and to the great people of Ogun State for the vacuum that has been created in the social and political life of the people by the death of the famed matriarch.
The Governor noted that, until her death, HID was the “living tree” of the South West political history and stood as the rallying point of all political leaning in the South West, having married a man whom the Yoruba see as their political symbol.
He noted that, until yesterday, HID was the living representation of that symbol and therefore commiserates with the entire people of the South West over the irreparable loss.
Governor Ikpeazu described HID as a woman of courage and resilience who stood doggedly behind her husband throughout his embattled life as a foremost Nigerian politician and community leader and prayed God to grant her soul an eternal rest.
He also prayed God to console her family, relatives, the people of Ogun State and the entire Yoruba race who must surely be touched by the passing on of the legendary matriarch.
– Emenike Ubani, Umuahia