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I wish HID Awolowo lived to see us transform Nigeria, says Buhari

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Chief Obafemi Awolowo with wife, Hannah and children (by Bassano, 21 July 1972)
Chief Obafemi Awolowo with wife, Hannah and children (by Bassano, 21 July 1972)

Even as he sympathized with the family over the death of Mrs. Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo (nee Adelana), President Muhammadu Buhari reaffirmed his resolve to completely transform Nigeria, saying: “Had she waited one or two years, I am sure she would have left this world a very happy woman indeed because the fulfillment of what she stood for and what her husband stood for would have finally come to fruition.”

Buhari was speaking through the Secretary General of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, who was in the high-powered presidential delegation to the country home of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in Ikenne, Ogun State, led by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in-law to HID Awolowo. His wife, Dolapo is her grand-daughter.

Mrs. Awolowo died 67 days to her 100th year on Saturday at the age of 99. She would have been 100 years old on November 25, 2015.

Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo Dosunmu, one of her mama’s children has shared the story of how the matriarch of the Awolowo Clan spent her last few hows. During the visit of the president’s men to their family home, she said:

“She came in and she was praying for us; we were singing as she was praying. So it was words of prayers that she left us with and there was no sign at all that she was going to leave us.

“As we were preparing for her 100 years birthday, at that meeting, I was going through some of the letters that Papa wrote to her from prison and the accolades that he poured on her, there were many. Papa also acknowledged in the letters that mama in her own right was a powerful woman and a woman of honour.”

When asked if the matriarch would be buried on November 25, the date scheduled for her centenary birthday, Dr. Awolowo-Dosunmu replied: “We are looking into that. If anybody asked me if mama will not last till her centenary birthday celebration, I would have argued. I am still trying to come to terms with her loss. She drew her last breathe in my arms.

“I feel very disappointed that she was gone before her 100 years birthday celebration, I thought she would have the opportunity to witness the outpouring, accolades the people have for her and for her to know how much she means to the people.”


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