Amosun Receives Remains Of Late HID Awolowo

Amosun Receives Remains Of Late HID AwolowoOgun State Governor, Ibikule Amosun, has received the remains of the late matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mrs Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo.

The vestiges of the late HID has finally berthed on the soil of Ogun State in south-west Nigeria on Monday, as the Governor received her body at the Sagamu interchange in Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking in company of members of the State Executive Council and members of the Awolowo family, Governor Amosun eulogised the virtues of the late jewel of inestimable value.

Born November 25, 1915, Mama Awolowo died a little over two months to her 100th birthday.

A committee set up to see to her burial had earlier announced that the late Yeye Oodua would be finally buried on the occasion of her posthumous Centenary birthday anniversary on November 25, at the Awolowo family house in Ikenne.

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-day burial programme culminating in the final internment of the late HID Awolowo.

Family Announces Burial Date For HID Awolowo

HID AwolowoThe family of the late Mr Obafemi Awolowo has unveiled the burial arrangement for the burial of the late matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mrs Hannah Idowu Dideolu (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.

Aisha Buhari Condoles With Awolowo Family

Chibok-buhariThe wife of the Nigeria President, Hajia Aisha Buhari, has joined other prominent personalities to condole with the family of  late Mr Obafemi Awolowo over the death of the matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mrs H.I.D Awolowo, who died on September 19 at the age of 99.

During her condolence visit to the Awolowos, she described the late H.I.D Awolowo as the pillar of support during the days of the Western region administration, saying she was a type of woman who should be emulated by the womenfolk.

Mrs Buhari was accompanied on the visit by the the wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of the former Governor of Rivers State, Judith Amaechi and the former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Mrs Pauline Tallen.

She was welcomed by members of the Awolowo family, led by the eldest daughter, Mrs Omotola Oyediran.

Meanwhile, President Buhari had earlier expressed his condolence to the Awolowo family, believing that late Mrs Awolowo would always be honoured too for the indelible legacy of very significant, behind-the-scene contributions to communal, state, regional and national development which she had left behind.

Afenifere Congratulates Osun Citizens

AfenifereThe Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has thrown its weight behind the outcome of the Osun State governorship election.

The Pan-Yoruba group applauded the citizens of the State “for keeping faith with progressive politics that Yorubas are known for despite the heavy militarization and monetization politics that besieged them.”

In a statement released on Sunday by the group’s Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, the group also congratulated the winner of the election, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, and charged him to renew his zeal for “welfarist” politics as exemplified by Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

“We thank the people of Osun for resisting strange politics that seeks to take root in our land. As the source of Yoruba progeny, they have shown us an example and we are confident they would be better off for it,” the statement said, while calling on all Yorubas to a renaissance of Yoruba progressive politics.

Public Sector Has Not Met Expectations Of Nigerians – Adeola Soetan

A member from the Grassroots Watch, Mr. Adeola Soetan has stated that the public sector has not met the expectations of Nigerians.

Mr. Adeola Soetan gave his views on Channels Television’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily, saying ”you don’t expect performance when you don’t have good leadership with qualitative character’’.

Mr. Adeola pointed out that the public sector once performed well in Nigeria, during the old western region under the leadership of Chief Obafemi Awolowo when the resources of the region was used properly to achieve a common goal; free education, for example.

But now, he added, the public sector has been handled by politicians and their representatives, ”where we believe everything should be stolen”.

He made a distinction between the struggling elites and the ruling elites, describing the struggling elites as the ordinary people who steal gold and are taken to jail for 3 years while a another man steals trillions of naira and is given bail by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Soyinka Bags Awolowo’s Leadership Prize

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka has been unveiled as the recipient of the maiden award of the Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership.

The Chairman of the selection committee, Emeka Anyaoku made the announcement on Wednesday at a press conference held in Lagos.

The Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership which would be awarded bi-annually is an initiative of the Obafemi Awolowo foundation set up in 1992 to serve as the custodian of Chief Awolowo’s intellectual legacy.

The Obafemi Awolowo Foundation had noted in one of its special dialogues held in July 2011, that the dearth of good leadership is one of the greatest challenges facing Nigeria and many other African countries.

This necessitated the institution of the Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership to encourage, recognise and celebrate excellence in Nigerian Leadership.

The selection committee is chaired by Chief Anyaoku and some other distinguished Nigerians including Prof Akin Mabogunje, Dr Olaniwun Ajayi, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Olorogun Felix Ibru and Prof Funmi Soetan.

According to Chief Anyaoku, after a rigorous process of nomination and screening of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national and international life that is characteristic of Chief Awolowo’s leadership style, the maiden winner of the award is Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature, Prof Wole Soyinka.

The award presentation ceremony is scheduled to hold in March 2013 to coincide with Chief Awolowo’s birth anniversary.

Chief Obafemi Awolowo was one of Nigeria’s founding fathers.

He was the first premier of Nigeria’s Western Region and later leader of opposition in the federal parliament.

He has been described by some Nigerian leaders as the best President Nigerians never had in recognition of his role as a leader in the country’s politics. He passed on in May, 1987.