Soyinka, Uduaghan, Aregbesola, others visit HID Awolowo
ABEOKUTA— Governors Rauf Aregbesola and Emmanuel Uduaghan of Osun and Delta states, respectively; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and a delegation of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, yesterday, paid a condolence visit to the matriarch of the Awolowo family, Chief HID Awolowo over the death of her only surviving son, Chief Oluwole Awolowo.
Addressing newsmen during the visit, Uduaghan described the late Oluwole Awolowo as a Nigerian that promoted the unity and progress of Nigeria, saying he developed some emotional attachment to the Awolowo family because of the achievements of the late sage in the area of education.
He said: “He was like an elder brother. We know who his father was. Somebody who gave people like myself the opportunity to go to school.
“I grew up in a community where there was no light, where there was no water and no amenities but there was a school and I attended the school free of charge.”
In his remarks, Governor Aregbesola lauded Chief HID Awolowo for what he called the spirit of endurance and strength of character displayed since the demise of her son.
Aregbesola said: “The moral here is the courage of the matriarch of this dynasty and her fortitude, her strength of character and spirit, her ability to endure this and I will pray that the Almighty will further strengthen her.”
Prof. Soyinka, who arrived at the Ikenne home of the Awolowos at 10:45am, held a closed-door discussion with the matriarch, before he signed the condolence register, where he urged the Awolowo family to “take heart” over the death of the family member.
Bankole led a delegation, including three members of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Remmy Hazzan; John Obafemi and Job Akintan, the minority leader of the Assembly, and former member of the House of Representatives, Dave Salako.
Chief Reuben Fasoranti led a delegation of Afenifere.
In the delegation were Chief Olu Falae, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa, Chief Korede Duyile, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Chief Supo Sonibare, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Chief Oladosu Oladipo, Chief Segun Ojo, Chief Adeleke Mabinuori, Chief Pekun Awobona, Mr. Kayode Alufa, and Mr. Kole Omololu.
Chief E. Babatope, Senator B. Olajumoke, Chief F. Ibru and Ogun State Chief Judge, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade were there.