Northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and Northern Elders Council, NEC, also joined sympathisers to mourn the death of Mrs. Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, saying she was as a peace builder.
The Northern leaders sated this in their separate condolence messages yesterday.
ACF in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim and made available to newsmen in Kaduna at the weekend said, Mrs. H.I.D Awolowo’s death has created a vacuum not only in the Yoruba kingdom but the nation as a whole in view of her stateswomanship and motherly concern for the unity, understanding and peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians.
Part of the statement read: “Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF learnt with shock the death of Mama Awo at the age of 99 who joined her ancestors on the 19th September 2015.
“Since the death of her husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1986, Mama has been the rallying point of the Yoruba and even across the Niger.
“ACF extends its heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of Mama, the Government and people of Ogun state and Nigerians as a whole over the demise of amiable and loving Mrs. Awolowo who lived a fulfilled life. May her soul rest in peace,” the statement added.
Similarly, the Chairman, Northern Elders Council, NEC, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, said Mrs. Hanna Awolowo’s death came at a time when the nation needed her motherly care and counseling the most.
According to him, “I learnt with rude shock the unfortunate death of Mama Hanna Idowu Awolowo.
“By her death we all lost a mother and a guide that always gave us the younger ones courage and determination to recommit ourselves to the building of the nation to raise it to higher level so that our country would be able to overcome the various challenges of nation building so that those coming behind will inherit a nation free of those challenges that constituted a big impediment into its growth to a nation where its citizens can enjoy unfettered freedom, peace and everlasting tranquility.”

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