Former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday visited the family of late Hannah Dideolu Awolowo to commiserate with them at the Ikenne home of the deceased.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday visited the family of late Hannah Dideolu Awolowo to commiserate with them at the Ikenne home of the deceased, a wife of the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo.
Similarly, the former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku also took time to pay a condolence visit to the bereaved family. The duo of Jonathan and Anyaoku who came separately were received by children and family members of the late woman.
Speaking, Jonathan said the late Awolowo was a mother to all, who will be mourned by everybody, stressing that as much as it would have been good not to lose her, death is an inevitable end that would come when it would come.
“So, we know it would come for all of us one day and here we are today, we have been coming here because the former secretary to the government did mention that the last time I came here it was associated with the last presidential electioneering campaign.
But before I’ve been here severally to see mama in one way or the other’ ‘We are mourning her today; me and my wife, we are not mourning because mama has passed on. For me, we believe that it’s a rare privilege to add extra 29 years to the Biblical two scores and ten; it’s not easy.
Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have been mourning but mama was a rare mother’ ‘She was a woman of virtue described in the Bible and she was a mother to all of us; a mother her milk of kindness we still need, her milk of encouragement we still need, her milk of advice we still need and today she’s no more with us’, Jonathan said.
She just had to be the direct mother of few but she’s a mother to all. We shall mourn more than even the direct children would. We pray that the Almighty God who made it possible for her in the first place to come to this world and play the role she played, surely, we should be touched .
Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku,in his own remark said that Mama Awolowo,contribution to the nation’s independence would not be forgotten in her hurry.
Anyaoku said Mama’s support for her husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who he described as one of the founding fathers of the country was remarkable, stating that he had no opportunity to know Mama, but had the privileged to recognise her attributes and her personality since her demise due to the rains of accolades showered on her.
His words “I did not have the privilege of knowing her, but I have a great privilege of being a keen fan and student of the Sage. The country had a very handful of people that you will describe as the founding father of the country, to me Awolowo stood out.
I have followed very closely all the comments made since her passage and even before her passage. I came to recognise her attributes and her personality.
There is nothing too much that can be said about Mama. “Mama was a matriarch of her nation not just of the Awolowo family. I called her a truly noble lady.
A lady who contributed to Nigeria’s independence. She provided inestimable support for one of the founding fathers and through that she became a true source to most of our nationalists in the country.”