Providence: HID Dies Saturday, As Awo
THE awe surrounding the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo, received another boost, yesterday, as his widow, Hannah Idowu Dideolu, went to be with her heartthrob, also on a Saturday.
The Mother of Yoruba Nation and Jewel of Inestimable Value passed on 28 years after her husband died, and two months to her 100th birthday.
Tributes have continued to pour in with Nigerians extolling the virtues of the departed and how greatly she would be missed.
Though she never contested any office, she was politically active, participating in caucus meetings when her husband was the political head of the South West, and following his death, heading forums where decisions affecting the South West were being taken.
An era recedes. As solace, it leaves in its wake a treasured privilege for those who knew her, who experienced her indomitable spirit at first hand, and drank from her depthless fount of family embrace. — Soyinka
Born into a modest family in Ikenne, Ogun State, she was a successful businesswoman, recording a series of firsts in trading. She was said to be the first Nigerian distributor of the Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC) in 1957, just as she was the first to import lace materials and other textiles into Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari described the death of Chief (Mrs.) Hannah Dideolu Awolowo as a loss of immense proportion, saying he received the passage with profound sadness.
In a statement, his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said the President, on behalf of the Federal Government and people of Nigeria, 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 also condoled with the Vice President, Osinbajo, who is an in-law to the Awos.
According to the statement, “The President joins them and millions of admirers of her late, revered husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in mourning Chief (Mrs.) Awolowo who will long be remembered and celebrated as the famous spouse and pillar of strength of the late nationalist, political leader and sage.
President Buhari believes that Chief (Mrs.) Awolowo will always be honoured too for the indelible legacy of very significant, behind-the-scene contributions to communal, state, regional and national development which she has left behind.“The President prays that God will comfort Chief (Mrs.) Awolowo’s family, relatives, friends, associates and admirers, and grant them the fortitude to bear her irreparable loss.”
Last Woman Standing,
PRESIDENT of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the death of Mama H.I. D. Awolowo, just two months from her birthday as sad, saying she was the last woman standing among the wives and mothers who truly contributed by supporting their spouses in laying the foundation for nation building.
He said: “I have been enthusiastically looking forward to making a big but surprise visit to Ikenne, Ogun State to be part of the centenary birthday celebration of Mama H.I. D. Awolowo, knowing that she is the last woman standing among wives and mothers who truly contributed by supporting their spouses in laying the foundation for our nation building. To think that she will not be there during the period of the celebration, which is just about two months away, makes me sad, in spite of her ripe age filled with achievements.”
Saraki also stated: “Mama Awolowo truly distinguished herself among her contemporaries and not only because she lived longer but because she served God and humanity to the end. Even as a nonagenarian, she kept on hosting different fora and contributing to ideas on the unity of the Yoruba people in particular and Nigeria in general.
“On behalf of my family and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I commiserate with the Awolowo family, the government and people of Ogun State and Nigeria in general on the death of this great woman.”
Also, immediate past President of the Senate, David Mark sent a message of condolence to the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s family, the government and people of Ogun State and Nigerians at large on the passage of Mrs. Awolowo.
Senator Mark in the condolence message described the matriarch as a dependable pillar who stood to be counted when it mattered.
“Unarguably, we shall miss her wise counsel, honesty, unwavering commitment to the ideals of nation hood, sense of wisdom and humour. She has left a big shoe that would be difficult to fill.”
She Was A Loyal Wife -Osoba
FORMER Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, described her as loyal wife who never argued with her husband.
Osoba said the death would leave a huge vacuum, because she often played a very crucial role in stabilising things in conflict zones, particularly among Awolowo followers.
“And you dare not say no to her. She was highly respected. And to say she would be dearly missed would be an understatement. The best way to immortalise her is for the followers of Awolowo to come together and resolve whatever differences in their midst for the unity of Yoruba people. Everyone would be in agreement that Mama Awolowo indeed played her part creditably well. She was a symbol status; she knew what the rallying points were and she was the only one who could sanction any of us who are Awolowo’s followers.”
A Role Model Of Distinction, Says Amosun
OGUN State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, described the death of the matriarch as a great loss.
He said Mama’s exit deserved celebration because her life and times were noble and golden.
“This was an exemplary life that truly ran its full course. Mama stood by her husband like the Rock of Gibraltar throughout the tough political career of the foremost nationalist and leader of the Action Group and Unity Party of Nigeria. She was indeed a ‘jewel of inestimable value’ as was fondly described by Chief Obafemi Awolowo,” the statement said.
According to Amosun, “Nigeria has lost a role model of distinction, a highly disciplined and principled woman, a trustworthy ally and dependable politician who equally made her mark in the business world.”
The governor urged the younger generation of women to follow in the footsteps of Mama HID.
An Irreparable Loss
— Bode George
FORMER Deputy National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South West zone, Chief Olabode George, has described the transition of Chief Mrs. Awolowo as an irreparable loss to Nigeria and a collective diminution of the Yoruba race.
George said she was a mother-in-Israel, a superlative patriot, a shining gem and an authentic jewel of inestimable value “who walked through the valleys and mountains of life with dignity and with unshakable faith in the will of God.”
He also described her as a virtuous woman that stood with her husband, with poise and defiant consistency. “She never buckled or faltered even in the face of the harshest challenges of life. She has now entered the pantheon of unforgettable icons like Moremi, Queen Amina, Efunsetan Aniwura and Madam Tinubu.
“She has paid her dues. Her cause is fulfilled. She will never be forgotten where courage, decency, humility, and firmness of purpose are acknowledged and celebrated. Goodbye and goodnight Yeye Oodua.”
Conscience of Oodua Nation Is Gone – Fayose
EKITI State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has described the death of the matriarch as loss of the real conscience of the Oodua nation, noting her untiring efforts at building and sustaining the unity of the Yoruba nation. He also described the death as the end of an era.
In a condolence message in Ado-Ekiti, the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, stated that the governor said Mama Awolowo not only wrote her name in gold in the history of the Yoruba race and Nigeria at large, but also proved truly that behind a successful man, there must be a good woman.
“The Holy Bible says he who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favour from the Lord. That was true and real in the life of the late sage Baba Obafemi Awolowo who found a good thing in our dear Mama and called her ‘My jewel of inestimable value’.
“On behalf of my family, government and people of Ekiti State, I wish the entire Awolowo family the continued support and guidance of the Almighty God and the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
Uduaghan: She Was
A Rallying Point
THE immediate past Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan extended his condolences to the Awolowo family over the death of Mama Awolowo describing her death as a big loss.
He said her death, which came as a shock, would definitely create a vacuum that will be hard to fill socially and politically.
“Mama has been a rallying point for all. A void has been created by her demise and that source of unity for all, be it political, social or at the family level has gone. We cannot help but recall her ability to keep together and sustain the family and business of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. She was a rare courage and mother,” he stated.
Uduaghan prayed God Almighty to grant the family and Nigerians in general the fortitude to bear the loss.
THE Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said the late Mrs. Awolowo was a mother to the nation. He said the late Awolowo would continue to be remembered for her humanitarian and philanthropic deeds, calling on both the Federal and Ogun State governments to honour her.
Dogara said she was a pious woman who was a pillar of support to her husband, the late sage Awolowo, since the days of struggle for independence up to the eighties when he died.
“Although we would have loved that she remain with us, as mortals, we all must taste death, but our joy is that she has gone to rest. I pray God to give the Awolowo family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
HID Lived A life Of Love And Service, Says Oyinlola
FORMER Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has said that Chief HID Awolowo lived a life of love and service and described her death as the end of an era.
In a statement, yesterday, Prince Oyinlola, who described HID Awolowo as mother of the nation, said her death has made the nation poorer.
The exit of Mama HID Awolowo at almost 100 years old is a great blow to all of us who took her as our mother. It, in significant terms, effectively ended an era in the politics of Nigeria and, in particular, of Yorubaland.
“She lived a life of love and of commitment to the ideals of service to God and humanity. We were all looking forward to her centenary celebrations in two months time but God had other plans. At almost 100 years, she remained mentally alert throughout. The gift of longevity is not given to many. Only very few are so blessed. The Lord said if you walk in His ways, He would carry you to gray hairs gracefully. She was blessed. Mama’s life was a lesson to all that when you build your foundation on God, you will “mount up with wings like eagles.”
Also, the leader of the Yoruba Obas Conflicts Resolution Committee, Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Obateru Akinruntan commiserated with the Awolowo family on the transition of Mama. He said her transition marks the end of a rich era of perseverance, industry, service to God and humanity.
A Huge Loss — Wada
KOGI State Governor, Capt Idris Wada, has condoled with the Awolowo family over the death of Mama Awolowo, describing her death as a great loss.
A Grand Lady — Soyinka
AN era recedes. As solace, it leaves in its wake a treasured privilege for those who knew her, who experienced her indomitable spirit at first hand, and drank from her depthless fount of family embrace.
An Epochal Event,
THE passing of Mama Hannah Awolowo so close to her 100th birthday is an epochal event. It marks the end of a historical phase in the evolution of our country, Nigeria. Mama Awolowo was not only the partner of one of Nigeria’s most illustrious founding fathers, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, but also remained a huge source of inspiration to many national political leaders who endeavoured to follow in the footsteps of the Sage. Mama Awolowo lived an outstandingly fulfilled life becoming a true matriarch of both the Awolowo family and the wider national circle of the “Awoists.”
My wife joins me in conveying our condolence to the Awolowo family and in prayer that her soul will rest in perfect peace.
Seriake Dickson Mourns
GOVERNOR of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson, said: “On behalf of the Government and good people of Bayelsa State, I sincerely commiserate with the immediate and extended families on the death of Mama, who was the matriarch of the great Awolowo family. It is unfortunate that Mama died at a time when she was just getting ready to celebrate her hundredth birthday”.
He said she left a worthy legacy behind, as she will continue to be remembered and celebrated as a woman of uncommon strength and virtue, who stood by her late husband and was able to sustain Pa Awolowo’s incredible political legacies and values, many years after his passage.
Gbenga Daniel: She Was An Inimitable, Superwoman
IN his condolence message, Otunba Gbenga Daniel said she was a woman of charm, humility, generosity, courage, resilience, industry and vision.
According to former governor of Ogun State, she was so strong a personality and so magnetic, impressing herself indelibly on the minds of not only her family and kinsmen but also her race and the nation in general.
He said: “Kind, compassionate, strict but loving, caring and sensitive, Mama was a great humanitarian and strong believer in service to the community. Undoubtedly, she was born into a man’s world, arguably to play a man’s role.
“Mama’s support ignited the flame of Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s long held visions as she was ready to spend her life side by side her husband in their patriotic, humanitarian and political dreams.”