President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he attended the final funeral rites of the Late Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo because she "earned" it.
Buhari was speaking at Ikenne, the Ogun State hometown of the Late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, after signing the condolence register in honour of the deceased.
The president explained that while Chief Awolowo was all over the country and the world, his wife was effectively managing the family.
"Let me appreciate those who have come to participate in this ceremony. When I was in the car, I discussed with the governor of Ogun State the Late Mrs. Awolowo and all the nation is doing for her. While chief (Obafemi Awolowo) was all over the country and the world, she was effectively managing the family. So, she earned this. May her soul rest in perfect peace.
"And for you that have, for weeks, been gathering friends, associates and facing all the logistics problems, day and night, I congratulate you for a very successful burial of the Late Mrs. Awolowo.
"I came back last (Tuesday) evening from Iran and I had to make sure I do not miss the last rites for Mrs. Awolowo because she earned it. This is the third time I have been here, and I hope the family will try and continue to hold together as they have been doing", Buhari said.
Earlier, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun said Buhari’s presence at HID’s final funeral rites was an honour to the Yoruba race and the entire nation.
Welcoming Buhari on behalf of the Awolowo’s family, the elderst daughter of the deceased, Mrs. Oyediran said: Judging by the life mama lived, little did we know that she was so loved by all Nigerians and you all have demonstrated it this afternoon. So, we warmly welcome you into our midst…So, I want to thank you and use this opportunity to wish your government progress and the good work you’ve started. I pray that the good Lord will continue to support you and you’ll not fail in Jesus name. We all believe there will be a change. May the Lord bless you sir".
In attendance were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the governors of Oyo, Osun and Imo States as well as Oba Otuedeko, Aliko Dangote, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Don Etiebet, Chief Ayo Banjo, among others.