Ambode Unveils 20-Feet Awolowo Statue

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has unveiled a new statue of the late sage and nationalist, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Unveiling the new 20-feet statue located on Obafemi Awolowo Way in Ikeja on Tuesday, Governor Ambode said the state was in sync with the position of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on restructuring and devolution of power.

The event was witnessed by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo and some members of the late nationalist.

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H.I.D. Awolowo Laid To Rest

HID-AWOLOWOThe matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mama Hannah Dideolu Awolowo has been laid to rest in the home town of the Awolowos in Ogun State.

In what could be described as the biggest gathering of high profile dignitaries this year, Ikenne in Ogun State, the hometown of the Awolowos, hosted family members, friends and political associates for the interment of the matriarch.

The activities started with a church service, at the Anglican Church Ikenne, presided over by the Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh.

At the church service to pay their last respect to the late Mrs Awolowo were former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, Chief Ernest Sonekan, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and members of the Executive Council among others.

It was a funeral service of class, as farewell hymns and thanksgiving songs rent the air.

Delivering a sermon that centred on the need to lead a life of service, Most Reverend Okoh said Mrs Awolowo’s character while alive made the late husband described her as a “jewel of inestimable value”.

H.I.D. Awolowo was buried on a day she would have turned one hundred years old.


Yakubu Gowon Commiserates With Awolowo Family

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.

Ajimobi Advocates For Investigative Journalism

ajimobiThe Journalism profession in Nigeria has evolved with significant growth in many areas including the quality of practitioners, technological interventions and content but a lot needs to be done in the area of investigative journalism for societal development.

This submission was made by the Oyo state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi during the commissioning of a State of the Art Printing Press for a newspaper company in Ibadan.

Gov. Ajimobi who expressed satisfaction at the positive changes in the quality of practice however decried haphazard job done on stories that should have been thoroughly investigated to avoid misinformation.

Present at the event was matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty, Mama H.I.D Awolowo, who turns 100 soon told Channels Television in an exclusive chat after the inauguration of the new printing press that every Nigerian must work tirelessly to eschew violence before, during and after elections ..

The Oyo state governor Abiola Ajimobi who was by her side all through the event lauded the initiative the Awolowo family for contributing to credible journalism and the development of Oyo state and the country at large.

He charged journalists across the country to devise means of effective investigative journalism as a tool for societal justice and development.

On the state of the nation and sustenance of peace, the matriarch of the Awolowo empire, Mama H.I.D Awolowo says peace can only be achieved if all Nigerians put heads together and agree that it is a collective responsibility.

HID At 99: Prominent Nigerians Eulogise Awolowo’s Widow

HID AwolowoThe thanksgiving service marking the 99th birthday ceremony of the matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty and wife of the late sage and Premier of the defunct Western Region, Mrs Hannah Dideolu Awolowo, has been held in Ikenne, Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, South West Nigeria.

The mood at the church service marking the 99th birthday ceremony of the Yeye Oodua, as she is fondly referred to by her admirers, was that of praise and worship, as Mama Awolowo sang and dance to God with the Ogun State Governor holding the microphone.

It was also a moment of joy for family members, children, grand children and great grand children, who referred to her as a mother, a wife of inestimable value, a community leader among other virtues.

The event, which held at the Efunyela Hall at the residence of the Awolowos was attended by dignitaries from all walks of life, including the Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun and his wife; Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan; former Lagos State Governor, Lateef Jakande and former Lagos Deputy Governor, Kofoworola Bucknor Akerele.

Also present were Senator Daisy Danjuma, Chief Ayo Adebanjo among other dignitaries.

To many of them, Mama HID Awolowo remains an icon of national development and a dependable mother and wife.

To the supporters of the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo and the Governor of Delta State, Mama Awolowo is a unique personality.

The Bishop of Ijebu South West and officiating minister at the service, Rt Rev Babatunde Ogunbanwo, having aligned with the words of  praise and admiration from all the dignitaries, also seized the opportunity to call for purposeful leadership, as well as commitment to national development among leaders and politicians in the country.

President Goodluck Jonathan, had in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, on Monday, felicitated with Mama Awolowo.

Jonathan and his family joined millions of admirers of the late nationalist, renowned political leader and sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, in wishing his “Jewel of Inestimable Value” a very happy birthday celebrations.

The President prayed that God Almighty would grant Mrs Awolowo many more years of worthy service as the matriarch and moral compass of the Awolowo political dynasty which “continues to play a commendable role in national development and progress”.

Mama Awolowo was born on November 25, 1915 in Ikenne. She is blessed with five children, 20 grand children and 32 great grand children.

Obasanjo Has No Moral Right To Write Jonathan – Afenifere Chieftain

A chieftain of a Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Mr Ayo Adebanjo, on Sunday expressed shock over the contents of the letter written by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan.

Speaking on Channels Television’s flagship political programme, Politics Today, Mr Adebanjo accused the former president of being guilty of all the allegations he made against President Jonathan in the letter.

“I am surprised he wrote such a letter considering the contents because all the allegations he made there against Jonathan, he was equally guilty of them. He has no moral right to write such a letter” he said.

He however agreed with the former president on some issues contained in the letter.

He accused Obasanjo of equally displaying some of the issues he raised against the president. He insisted that Obasanjo also had issues of corruption, highhandedness, disobedience to the judiciary during his era as the president. “Who is more guilty of all these than Obasanjo?” he questioned.

He further noted that the exchange of letters online by the former president and his daughter, Iyabo did not portray Nigeria in good light.

“A country that has produced the Awolowos, Azikiwes, Prof. Wole Soyinka and others, is being ruled by a man of this moral character; it’s a shame,” he said.

He debunked the claim that the reply allegedly written by Iyabo was written by someone else insisting that “this is not the first time Obasanjo’s child is saying something odd against him” adding that Obasanjo has not denied the alleged affair between him and his daughter-in-law insisting that the “farmer is a liar”.


Founders Of New Parties Looted Funds To Do So – Afenifere

Spokesman of the Pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin has linked the proliferation of political parties in Nigeria to the abundance of funds looted by founders of the parties.

Odumakin, a former spokesman of the presidential candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari, said this during an interview on Channels Television’s morning flagship programme, Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.

“The people who can afford to form new parties are the ones who have looted resources and funds to play around with,” he said.

The politician said the rise of new parties spells doom for politics as it is known in Nigeria adding that “I think we are seeing the end of politics in Nigeria.”

The aftermath of the successful registration of the All Progressive’s Congress (APC) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has caused an upsurge of many other groups who have signed up for registration by the electoral body.

This is happening because “the day the elephant dies, you see all manner of knives.” Mr Odumakin said “everybody wants to grab this thing” because there is distrust amongst politicians, which has resulted in “all manner of parties”.

However, this new era has resulted in fewer choices for the masses because all the parties look and speak the same way. “I have learned to watch what men are doing rather than what they are saying”

Although there are new parties, there is a dearth of fresh blood as members of the new parties are the “same set of people dividing themselves into new formations”.

He described “most of the so called new parties” as “old wine in new bottles,” adding that in Nigeria “the more things change, the more they remain the same”

Although the APC has been touted as the party to unseat the ruling PDP, Mr Odumakin regards the party’s promises as ‘empty platitudes’ with “no ideology defining all these things”.

After a read through the 31-page manifesto the APC produced “you will see some wish list but if you look at it there is no ideological thread tying all these things together”.

The former CPC member stated that the 1999 constitution, which has accommodated corruption and the likes, is the country’s greatest problem. In his opinion, a total change and not an amendment is the only solution.

He accused Nigerians of reproducing bad leaders as he asked “why have Nigerians continued to continually produce worst set of leaders than the previous ones?”