Amosun and Mama H.I.D. Awolowo’s passage
SIR: Chief (Mrs.) H.I.D. Awolowo’s passage reminds us of the words of William Shakespeare: “When beggars die, there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of Princes.” These famous words were brought to the fore as the activities of her final exit entered top gear, with frenetic explosion of tributes, accolades and admiration.
The Chief host of this glorious exit was the governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun – the man of the moment in the state’s vibrant politics. The governor’s adorable style of governance is at the heart of activities of Chief (Mrs.) Awolowo’s final passage. These activities will reverberate for years to come.
Chief (Mrs.) H.I.D. Awolowo was a stabilising force in pre-independence and post-independence Nigeria. She left an enduring legacy of honesty, kindness, integrity, sincerity of purpose and commitment to the political ideals of her husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo – the indefatigable nationalist and late Premier of Western Region. She was a family woman to the core; she raised the bar of family values and standards and the Awolowo family became a model that other families looked up to in Nigeria.
In Yorubaland, youths are often admonished to imbibe the good attributes of elders in the manner of Omoluabi.Yes, one such attribute, which Amosun might have learnt from Chief (Mrs.) Awolowo is kindness. It is the character of a man that defines him and his performance. Kindness, as part of Senator Amosun’s character, is one factor that continues to define governance in Ogun State under the current dispensation.
On Monday, November 16, 2015, the State Executive Council held a special session to eulogise her. Officials of the state government took the activities lined up for the final passage as a call to duty.
I wish to use this opportunity to commend Governor Amosun and other stakeholders for their cherished roles in giving this outstanding woman of virtue a befitting burial.
Imeko, Ogun State.
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