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Yakubu Gowon Commiserates With Awolowo Family

Channels Television  
Updated October 15, 2015

gowonOne of those who had direct dealings with Chief Obafemi Awolowo is General Yakubu Gowon.

The former Head of State was in Ikene to commiserate with the Awolowo’s family on the death of mama HID Awolowo, whom he described as a dependable, selfless person who stood solidly behind her husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, when he was imprisoned during the political crisis that rocked the then western Nigeria.

Members of the delegation included former judge of the International Court of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola, Arthur Mbanefo, Richard Okafor, Chief Olanihun Ajayi, Professor Funmi Soetan, Prof. O .O Akinkungbe and Mr Olatomiwa Ashaolu.

The former Head of State recollected with nostalgia the life and times of the late matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty.

He recalled the role HID Awolowo played in convincing her husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo to join his government as Finance Commissioner.

He expressed sadness about the passing away of HID Awolowo, describing her as a great and distinguished woman who loved him and his wife, Victoria.