Family Announces Burial Date For HID Awolowo
Born November 25, 1915, Mama Awolowo died a little over two months to her 100th birthday.
Addressing a press conference on Friday at the residence of the late sage in Ikenne in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria, the HID Awolowo Burial Central Planning Committee said that the late Yeye Oodua would be finally buried on the occasion of her posthumous Centenary birthday anniversary on November 25.
As the Chief Mourner, the Secretary to the Ogun State Government (SSG), Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, revealed that the Ibikunle Amosun-led administration, had dispatched correspondences to all the 35 State Governors across Nigeria, to officially inform them of Mama Awolowo’s passage as well as to invite them to join in the internment.
Adeoluwa, who hinted that the office of the Ogun SSG had done same, said that the State government was still expecting the Presidency to intimate the committee of the list of Heads of government of other countries that had been invited for the burial.
Former Nigerian Ambassador to the Netherlands and second daughter of the family, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, gave the vivid breakdown of the 11-days burial activities of the late patriarch of the Awolowo dynasty which would commence from November 15 till 25.
Mama Awolowo’s corpse will be lying in state at the Tribune House in the Imole F’alaafia area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on November 17 to commemorate the 66th year anniversary of the founding of the newspaper organisation which she chaired till death.
Dosunmu-Awolowo further stated that a book, the biography which chronicled the life and times of the late matriarch of Awolowo dynasty would be presented to the Nigerian reading public in Ibadan the following day among several other lying in state ceremonies for Mama Awolowo in Ibadan, Lagos and Ikenne.
She also said that the burial planning committee had evolved a special traffic control measure which would restrict vehicular movement from entering Ikenne Township. According to her, special transportation arrangement has been made to convey guests from the outskirts to the township, particularly the 690-sitting-capacity Our Saviour’s Anglican Church where the church service would take place.
The former Ambassador appealed to Nigerians to show understanding and support for the family over the burial arrangement for the late Yeye Oodua.
According to the family, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, that of the Later Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, as well as 60 other Anglican Bishops are among several other ministers of God billed to participate in the 11-days burial programmes culminating in the final internment of the late Yeye Oodua.
The two daughters of the family, Reverend Omotola Oyediran, Ambassador Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, a Federal government’s representative, who is a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs are part of the burial planning committee.