The immediate former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele
Jonathan yesterday during his visit to Ikenna, where himself and his wife had gone
to pay the Awolowos a condolence visit on the passing away of their mother,
grandmother and great grandmother, said if not for the death of the aged woman
and how important she was to the nation, himself and his wife wouldnâ€™t have
been seen publicly like this. He said they had planned to â€œHideâ€ for 12 months
shortly after leaving office, but mamaâ€™s death was one which they couldnâ€™t over
look. His words after the cut.
â€œWithin this period, myself and my wife have been hiding; we
donâ€™t even go out. We thought weâ€™ll be hiding for at least 12 months. But in
this particular case, we cannot hide. So, weâ€™ve come for the condolence and to
encourage our brothers and sisters that we are together,â€ he said.
On the passing of Mrs. Awolowo, Jonathan said it was a great loss, but that he
took solace in the fact that death is an inevitable end that would come when it
â€œSo, we know it would come for all of us one day and here we
are today,â€ he said.
â€œWe have been coming here because the former secretary to
the government did mention that the last time I came here it was associated
with the last presidential electioneering campaign. But before, Iâ€™ve been here
severally to see mama in one way or the other,â€ the former president said.
â€œWe are mourning her today; me and my wife, we are not
mourning because mama has passed on. For me, we believe that itâ€™s a rare
privilege to add extra 29 years to the Biblical two scores and ten; itâ€™s not
â€œOrdinarily, we wouldnâ€™t have been mourning but mama was a
rare mother. She was a woman of virtue described in the Bible and she was a
mother to all of us; a mother that her milk of kindness we still need, her milk
of encouragement we still need, her milk of advice we still need and today
sheâ€™s no more with us.
â€œBut for me and my wife and members of our delegation, some
of them include the former leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mulikat
Adeola. Of course, Gbenga Daniel has been here severally but he was the one who
led us into this hall. My good friend, Jide Adeniji, the former chairman of
FERMA and others. Mrs. Kuku from Bayelsa State and others that joined us; we
have come to pay our last respect,â€ he stated.