President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed immense sadness over the news of the passing away of Mrs Hannah Dideolu Awolowo.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
“On behalf of the Federal Government and people of Nigeria, President Buhari extends sincere commiserations to the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the “Jewel of Inestimable Value” on the death of their famed matriarch, just a few weeks before her hundredth birthday.
“The president joins them and millions of admirers of her late, revered husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in mourning Chief HID Awolowo.
“She will be long remembered and celebrated as the famous spouse and pillar of strength of the late nationalist, political leader and sage.
“President Buhari believes that Chief Awolowo will always be honoured too for the indelible legacy of very significant, behind-the-scene contributions to communal, state, regional and national development which she has left behind,’’ the statement said.
Buhari, therefore, prayed that God would comfort Awolowo’s family, relatives, friends, associates and admirers, and grant them the fortitude to bear her irreparable loss.
He also prayed that the Almighty would receive the late matriarch’s worthy soul and grant her eternal rest from her long, earthly service to her renowned spouse, family, community and country. (NAN)