Immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, at the weekend mourned the matriarch of the Awolowo Family, Chief (Mrs.) Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo saying the mother of a nation has translated to immortality.
In a condolence message to the Awolowo Family, Fashola expressed grief at the passage of the widow of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo noting that the nation would sorely miss her wise counsel.
A statement by Hakeem Bello, Special Adviser on Media to
Mr.Fashola, SAN, quoted the former Governor as saying “I condole with the Awolowo family at this moment of physical separation and bereavement,” he stated while urging the family to take solace in the memory of the departed matriarch’s decades of patriotic service to the nation even without seeking any title.
“No words will suffice to describe how sorely Mama will be missed. But I am confident that the memory of Mama’s legacy, her national service without a title, and the pride of her life’s work will build bridges of comfort for the entire family,” he stated.
While condoling with the Government and people of Ogun State, Fashola prayed that the soul of Chief (Mrs) Awolowo finds “favour with her Creator and rest in His bosom peacefully.”
In his own condolence message, immediate past President of the Senate , Senator David Mark described the matriarch of the Awolowo family as a dependable pillar who stood to be counted when it mattered.
Senator Mark, in a statement by Paul Mumeh, his Media Assistant,
noted that late Mrs. Awolowo was an ideal mother of Nigeria adding that she consistently stood up to offer useful guidance to Nigerians especially during trying times.
According to Mark: “our mama ( Mrs Awolowo) was always there for us. At several challenging times, she never denied or shied away from offering tangible advice. Her counsel always saved our nation from the precipice.
“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.”
For her immeasurable contributions to the development of the nation, Senator Mark suggested that both the federal and Ogun state governments should immortalise Mrs. Awolowo.