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  2. Amid overwhelming glamour on the bottom and a brilliant sky above, the matriarch of the Awolowo
    dynasty, Chief Hannah Idowu Dideolu(HID), yesterday made her glorious and last exit.

    The stays of the late Mrs. Awolowo, who handed on final September 19 at ninety nine, had been interred beside her husband Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo’s, contained
    in the 28 years outdated Awo Mausoleum inside the sprawling household compound in Ikenne, Ogun State.

    The Awo matriach would have been one hundred yesterday.

    Her surviving daughters – Mrs Omotola Oyediran and Dr.
    Olatokunbo Awolowo – Dosunmu and a handful of relations witnessed the
    interment.

    President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo,
    Senate President Bukola Saraki, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former
    Head of State Normal Yakubu Gowon, Head of the defunct Interim Nationwide Authorities Chief Ernest Shonekan, All Progressives Congress (APC) Nationwide Chief Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Cross
    River State Governor Ben Ayade and businessman Aliko Dangote, noticed off
    the iconic girl and Yeye Oba.

    President Buhari, who arrived the Awolowo compound at 2:18 pm, proceeded to the Efunyella
    Corridor the place he spent a couple of minutes with the youngsters of the late Mrs Awolowo earlier than heading to
    the mausoleum by 2:49pm to see the resting place of Mama and her
    husband, Pa Awolowo. He left two minutes later.

    Safety Operatives – troopers, policemen, Division of State Providers (DSS) and Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) – have been of their tons of however they appeared
    overwhelmed by the group of dignitaries surging
    to bid Mrs Awolowo a closing bye.

    Earlier within the morning, her stays encased
    in a gold- plated casket, arrived at Our Saviour’s Church (Anglican Communion) by 9:Fifty five am in a horse – pushed cart, accompanied by six horse riders, 18 music band squads from
    the NSCDC, Amosun, Mrs Oyediran, Dr. Awolowo-Dosunmu,
    grand-kids and family members.

    The church and its surroundings got here alive with the sight
    of eminent Nigerians who had joined Mama’s household and 34 bishops for the funeral service in Ikenne similar to when the
    late sage and first Premier of Previous Western Area handed on in 1987.

    The physique was acquired into the church auditorium the place Tinubu, Obasanjo, Vice President Osinbajo, Imo
    State Governor Rochas Okorocha had been already seated for the funeral service because the bell rang at 9:57am.

    In his sermon, Arch-Bishop, Metropolitan and Primate of Anglican Church, Nigeria, the fitting Rev.

    Nicholas Okoh, described Mama as an awesome spouse who stood by her husband.

    Rev. Okoh mentioned Mama had fought the nice battle of religion and completed victoriously, including that the remainder she deserved now’s in Christ and fairly totally
    different from the worldly and ephemeral.

    Eulogising her additional, the Anglican Primate
    lauded Mama for her courage in time of adversity, saying even when she misplaced three of her kids, she nonetheless stood agency within the Lord.

    He urged Nigerians to emulate the late Mrs Awolowo’s sturdy coronary heart and agency perception in God.

    Dr Saraki, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari on the
    church service, described the late Mrs Awolowo as a virtuous
    lady who stood steadfastly behind her husband and in addition remained related for the reason that loss of life of Pa
    Awo in 1987.

    Saraki enjoined the youngsters to maintain the nice identify and
    legacies of the Awolowos.

    Tinubu, who arrived in Ikenne in the corporate of some governors from the North, at 9:
    46am, mentioned they had been within the city to rejoice the worthy
    life of Mama HID, whom he additionally described as an ideal mom
    and pillar of progressive politics.

    Tinubu stated: “We are right here to have a good time her, an exquisite mom and an icon who stood for progressive politics. She was a mom to me.

    “Mama HID and my mom (Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji) had been nice buddies.
    They each struggled collectively for the independence of Nigeria and progressive politics on this
    nation.

    “We will proceed to thread on the trail of progressive politics performed by Mama and her husband, the late sage, Baba Awolowo.”

    Okorocha, who extolled the late Mrss Awolowo’s virtues, instructed reporters that the late matriach of the
    Awolowo household lived an excellent life worthy of emulation by Nigerian girls.

    Dignitaries on the funeral service are: Governor Segun Mimiko(Ondo), Senator Anthony Adefuye,
    members of the Ogun State Government Council, Pastor
    Tunde Bakare, Senator Gbenga Kaka and former Governor Gbenga Daniel and
    his spouse, Olufunke.

    Others are former Governor of Lagos State Alh.
    Lateef Jakande, former Police Inspector Common Tafa Balogun, Senaror Biyi Durojaiye, former Ekiti Governor Segun Oni, frontline banker
    Otunba Subomi Balogun, former Oyo Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala,
    Chief Olu Falae, Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Edo Governor Adams Oshiomhole and his spouse, Hon. Patrick Obaghiagbon, former Ekiti Governor Niyi Adebayo,
    Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun, Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi, Mines and Stable Minerals Dr Kayode Fayemi and Works, Housing and Poer
    Minister Babatunde Fashola.

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