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Ekwueme, Gbonigi, Clark, Others Eulogise HID

Posted: Oct 18, 2015 at 8:18 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
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  such as the Late Awolowos, irrespective of religion, tribe or creed at all times.
 Nigeria’s Former Vice President Dr Alex Ekwueme, along with Bishop Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi, the frontline South-South Leader, Chief Dr Edwin Clark, among other very prominent Nigerian Leaders, have extolled the sterling virtues of the Late Sage, 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” especially with his elated office, for the pursuit of the much convinced rights for such a very virile society and nation to happily and gainfully live in at all times.
In addition, they eulogized 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 first Nigerian Premier.
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 Family at Ikenne, Remo, Ogun State on the demise of the Matriarch, Mama Chief Dr. HID Awolowo and were received on behalf of the family by Chief Mrs. Omotola Oyediran and Dr. Mrs. Olatokunboh 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”
Dr Ekwueme, singularly applaud Chief Awolowo’s resolve to cooperate with the Late Dr Nnamdi Azikwe 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 Dr Alex 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, remained 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 Antnony Adefuye, Engr. Chief (Mrs.) Olabisi Sangodoyin among others who paid tribute to the zeal and tireless achievements of the Late Matriarch, humbly decrisbed as the Mother of the Nation.
Others 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 Chief Dr Mrs. HID Awolowo was the rallying point and the Chairman, while the Deputy Chairman is Bishop Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi, while Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu is the Vice and Senator Anthony Adefuye is the Secretary-General.
It is a formidable socio cultural umbrella for the entire Yoruba Nation, devoid of any political, religious or creed that serves also as the only megaphone for the entire race, just as the Arewa Consultative Forum is the same as the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly for the entire Southerners, which consists of the Yoruba Unity Forum, the South-East, as well as the South-South as a common front to amplify their pursuits, aspirations and common goals in the true governance of the society and the nation as well.