By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, has described late HID Awolowo as the mother of the nation and her death the end of a rich era of perseverance, industry, service to God and humanity.
The monarch further said the death was a loss to Yoruba, recalling how his committee on Yoruba Obas’ Conflicts Resolution was set up at the instance of Mama in Ikenne to unite Yoruba Obas.
“Mama was a symbol of peace and I pray to God to grant Awolowo family the fortitude to bear the
irreparable loss and that may her gentle soul rest in peace,” he said.
Also, the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland and a one-time Senator, Lekan Balogun, in his comment said: “It is a pity, I supposed the end has to come for everybody. Mama was a typical example of the saying that behind every successful man, there is a woman. Obviously, a woman of character, Mama was a very strong
example of that saying.
“She was really a woman of strong character. There’s no way anybody can separate or distance the success of the late Pa Obafemi Awolowo from her strong character. I strongly join the Nigerian public to console the family. May Her soul rest in perfect peace,” he added.
An oil magnate, politician and former governorship contender, Engineer Seyi Makinde, who said “death is unavoidable chapter of human life,” described the death of the Awolowo dynasty matriarch as the end of an era.
He said in a release made available to journalists in Ibadan that the content of character and legacy left behind by Mama HID Awolowo “make her lives in our hearts forever.”
Makinde, who was the gubernatorial candidate for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Oyo State in the last April election said, “those who read Chief Awolowo’s many books will discover that Mama played active roles in Baba’s many political adventures and she was a strong pillar of support which culminated in her being described as “Jewel of Inestimable Value.
“It was surprising that at the ripe age of 99, Mama was still active in community service and family building exercise as revealed by the news of her death”, he noted. He called on women of this generation to emulate her selfless disposition to humanity.