As the news filtered in that Mrs Hannah Awolowo, wife of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, died on Saturday, tributes have been pouring in from different quarters, In his condolence message, President Muhammadu Buhari declared that HID will be long remembered and celebrated as the famous spouse and pillar of strength of the late nationalist, political leader and sage.
In a statement signed by the president’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, he said: “On behalf of the Federal Government and people of Nigeria, President Buhari extends sincere commiserations to the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the ”˜Jewel of Inestimable Value’ on the death of their famed matriarch, just a few weeks before her hundredth birthday,”
“The president joins them and millions of admirers of her late, revered husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in mourning Chief (Mrs.) Awolowo who will be long 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.
“He also prays that the Almighty will receive the late matriarch’s worthy soul and grant her eternal rest from her long, earthly service to her renowned spouse, family, community and country,” the statement also said.
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara said the late Mrs. Awolowo was a mother to the nation and said she has left a huge vacuum in our lives.
His spokesperson, Turaki Hassan, said in a statement that the late H.I.D Awolowo would continue to be remembered for her humanitarian and philanthropic deeds.
In his own tribute, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode expressed shock and sadness over the death of Chief Mrs Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, the governor said he was one of mama’s many followers looking forward to celebrating her 100th birthday, which was just few months away.
“Mama would have clocked 100 on November 25 this year. It was going to be a milestone, not just for her, but for our great country. She was the matriarch of the Awolowo family, a well respected dynasty in the history of Nigeria”.
“Mama’s demise at this time is painful, especially coming at a period when Nigeria is gradually enjoying democratic bliss, which her late husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo fought for till his death”.
“We however take solace in the fact that she lived a fulfilled life. We celebrate her for what she stood for, uniting the Yoruba race for a common course and keeping her family together since the demise of her husband”.
“She was the pillar behind Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s legacies. She was the backbone of the brand of progressive ideas that defined the politics of the South West in the First Republic and in subsequent Republics”, the Governor recalled.