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Ex-OAU Students’ Union President Eulogises HID Awolowo‎

The former president of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Students Union and the 2015 Remo Child award winner, Comrade Isaac Ibikunle,recently consoled with the Awolowo family on the demise of their Matriarch, Chief Mrs Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo.‎‎
HID Awolowo
In a statement released by his director of media affairs,Mr Ayodele Ibiyemi,‎ Ibikunle commiserates with the family and alluded to the greatness of the matriarch as confessed by her husband,the first Premier of Western Nigeria,Chief Obafemi Awolowo.‎
It said: “I‎ commiserate with the entire Awolowo family, the good people of Remo Paramount kingdom, Ogun state and Nigeria at large on the glorious exit of the Yeye Oba of Ile-Ife and matriarch of the Awolowo family. ‎
“The greatness of Chief HID Awolowo is evident in her husband’s declaration at his 70th birthday that she is a ‘jewel of inestimable value’, as he also attributed his success in life to the ‘grace of God, a spartan self discipline and a good wife”.‎‎
He said the nation has lost the last of the great ones.‎
Continuing,he said: “No other politician in Nigeria gave his wife such dazzling kudos or expressed such a public declaration of gratitude for a partner’s steadfastness and loyalty. Hers were virtues that every woman should emulate and she also is a woman who has distinguished herself in business, politics, charity and public life.”‎
Linking her to OAU,Ibikunle said: “Her contribution to the growth of our University, named after her husband is unparalleled, supporting her husband who was chancellor from 1967-1975 as she herself was honoured wit a Doctorate Degree of Civil Laws(D.C.L.) of the Obafemi Awolowo University in 1989 among several other honorary degrees”.
“It is however regrettable that she died only two months before her centenary celebrations. It is my hope that her death will revive interest in Awo’s thoughts and philosophy, an enduring legacy which she has sustained since the demise of her husband. “Her role in building the Nigeria we have today cannot be overstated. Her death marks the end of an era in the history of our nation, she will be remembered for her positive contributions to our democracy and her tolerance for all political leanings. I pray that God will fill the vacuum left in the family by her departure to the great beyond,”he added.


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