President Muhammadu Buhari has offered the Federal Government’s full participation into the processes that will lead to the final interment of the late Matriarch of Obafemi Awolowo dynasty, Chief Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo.
This was coming as the Secretary of Yoruba Unity Forum, Senator Anthony Adefuye revealed that the deceased, who passed on, Saturday, was not willing to celebrate her centenary birthday.
HID Awolowo died on Saturday after holding a meeting with three generations of her family where, it was learnt, her centenary celebration was discussed.
Leading the Federal Government delegation to the Ikenne Remo home of Awolowo yesterday, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, said President Muhammadu Buhari received the news with shock.
Lawal explained that the only regret of the Federal Government was that the late Matriarch did not live longer to witness the transformation that government would put in place in some years to come.
He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari on whose instance we are here sent us to condole with the entire family of Awolowo, the Yoruba people groups, Nigerians and indeed Africans at large.
“I was with the President when the Vice President broke the news of our mother’s transition and you could see from the President’s countenance that he was disturbed. As believers, we believe death is the beginning of good things to come and we are consoled by the fact that we know our mother, our grandmother, our great grandmother, our sister, our aunt, etc. has gone to be with the Lord.
“Our regret in government is that Mama did not live long enough to see the transformation that this country will undergo with the active participation of her son-in-law, with the active participation of granddaughter. So, this is something that saddens us.
“On behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari who has also offered to participate in all activities leading to final interment, if the family is gracious enough to give him the opportunity so to.”
Also speaking, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who also arrived shortly before the federal delegation said that the late Mama Awolowo lived all her life for a united Nigeria.
Osinbajo, who is a son-in-law to the deceased made this known while addressing hundreds of symphatisers, who gathered in honour of the deceased at the Efunyela Hall, said Mama was a repository of knowledge and a custodian of information.
He expressed his sadness that Mama did not live up to witness a new Nigeria of her dream, before she was taken away by the cold hands of death.
Adefuye said the late woman was not willing to celebrate her 100th birthday as she would always wave any discussion in that direction.
Adefuye said she had raised the issue on two occasions with the late Awolowo and the woman would tactically change the topic at those occasions.
He said, “Mama was not interested in the centenary birthday, she wanted to go home peacefully, she took time to say goodbye to everyone that cared to listen.
“Anytime you are with her, she’s always telling history of Nigeria and the Yorubas, on two occasions, Mama will cleverly change topic whenever I mentioned her 100th birthday.”

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