Nigerians have been charged to exemplify their lives, resources, vocations and callings to build firmly, such virile bridges that will give hope to the hopeless.
In a release made available by Senator Anthony Adefuye, Secretary-General, Yoruba Unity Forum, Nigeria’s Former Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme, along with the religious activist, Bishop Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi, frontline South-South Leader, Chief (Dr.) Edwin Clark, among other prominent leaders, have extolled the sterling virtues of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who stood vehemently for the defense of human rights more importantly the equal rights to free education at all levels, provisions of affordable shelter, clean portable water and such society and Nation “where no man is oppressed.”
In addition, they eulogised his struggle for Nigeria’s Independence and self-rule, which he humbly manifested especially in the defunct Western Region, whereby, he exemplified as “the First in Africa,” right from the then Western Broadcasting Service – Radio Services, Liberty Stadium, 25 Storey Cocoa House, all in Ibadan, the State Capital in his tenure as the Premier, Western Region.
These remarks were made respectively during the condolence visit by the leaders and the delegation of the Southern Nigeria People Assembly (SNPA) to the late Chief Awolowo’s family at Ikenne, Remo, Ogun State on the demise of the matriarch, Mama Chief (Dr.) H.I.D. Awolowo. The team were received on behalf of the family by Chief (Mrs.) Omotola Oyediran and Dr. (Mrs.) Olatokunbo Awolowo.
Dr. Alex Ekwueme in his tributes at the occasion, saluted the extra ordinary, dogged zeal of late Baba Obafemi Awolowo to keep Nigeria one, more importantly with his unrepentant conviction for “that United Nation that would happily excel, among the responsible comity of Nations.”
Ekwueme, singularly applaud Chief Awolowo’s resolve to cooperate with the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe when it was so necessary for the prompt leadership to steer the nation’s boat to success after independence, through which he subsequently became Nigeria’s first President.
In addition Mama’s dogged strides for one, indivisible nation, clearly earned her “the mother of the Nation” as a genuine, consistent pursuits of her husband’s resolve, as manifested clearly with her leadership roles as the Chairman, Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF) which, subsequently emerged, a part of the Southern Nigeria People Assembly (SNPA) which in turn, advocates for the common goals of that nation and society for the genuine, virile nation.
He therefore enjoined the entire Nigerians, especially, wives and mothers, to please uphold their husbands’ beliefs and pursuits for such egalitarian society and nation, whereby their names would remain, credible and ever green, even after their death.
Concluding, Ekwueme, while congratulating the Yoruba Nation, especially the Yoruba Unity Forum and the entire Awolowo family, by extension the Incumbent Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, assured that her name, remains evergreen as “the good works people do, live before and even after them” as posterity would exalts them at all times.
In their contributions at the event, the erudite scholar, Clergy and Religious Activist of note, Bishop Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi, the Deputy Chairman, Yoruba Unity Forum, respectively with Air Commondore Indongesit Nkanga, representing the South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, aligned with Dr. Ekwueme’s submissions, as well as Bishop Gbonigi, who enjoined the entire Nigerians to genuinely appreciate the family’s sterling virtues and tireless zeal to provide such a virile society of gainful, secured, improved tomorrow the society and the nation would be genuinely proud of at all times.
Several tributes were made by some eminent Leaders of the Delegation these included, The Former Governor of Anambra State, Dr Chikwuemeka Ezeife, a frontline Politician, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Abiola Ogundokun, Senator Dr. Femi Okurounmu, Hon Chief (Mrs.) Bola Doherty, Chief Tony Ogunsuyi, a Yoruba frontline from Kaduna State and Chief Tola Noibi, The YUF Assistant National Publicity Secretary as well as the Frontline Politician, Erudite Scholar and Seasoned Administrator, The Secretary General Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF) Senator Anthony Adefuye, Engr. Chief (Mrs.) Olabisi Sangodoyin among others who paid tribute to the zeal and tireless achievements of the Late Matriarch, humbly described as the Mother of the Nation.
Other leaders at the event were Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, Chief Edozie Ezeugwa, Prof Saliba Mukoro, Hon Moshood Salvador and Chief Odumakin.
It will be recalled that the Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF) of which the Late Matriarch, Mama Awolowo was the rallying point and the Chairman, has Bishop Gbonigi as the Deputy Chairman. Other leaders of the group include Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu, and Senator Anthony Adefuye, who is the Secretary-General.