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I Came Out Of Hiding - GEJ

Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has said that the death of HID Awolowo made him and his wife Patience Jonathan out of their “hidding” place, adding that he had decided not to go out for one year since the inauguration of the incumbent president.

Jonathan and his wife visit Awolowo’s family

Jonathan with his wife were among dignitaries who stormed the Ikenne country home of the Awolowo’s to pay tributes to their matriarch, Chief Dideolu Awolowo.

Ex-president arrived the home in company with a former majority leader in the House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande-Adeola; and ex-chairman of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, Jide Adeniji, among others.

Commiserating with the family, Jonathan stated that the deceased enjoyed a rare advantage of living for extra 29 years in comparison to the biblical prescription of three scores and 10.

Former leader of the nation further defined her as a rare mother, whose milk of kindness, milk of encouragement as well as milk of advice Nigerians still needed.

He said: “My wife and I are not mourning because mama has passed on. For me, we believe that it’s a rare privilege to add extra 29 years to the biblical three scores and ten; it’s not easy.

“Ordinarily, we wouldn’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 whose milk of kindness we still need, her milk of encouragement we still need, her milk of advice we still need and today she’s no more with us.

“We, just like the immediate children, and indeed this country, have missed her. Within this period, myself and my wife have been hiding; we don’t even go out. We thought we’ll be hiding for at least twelve months.

“But in this particular case, we cannot hide. So, we have come for the condolence and to encourage our brothers and sisters that we are together. God brought her for all of us. She just had to be the direct mother of few but she’s a mother to all. We shall mourn more than even the direct children would.”

The matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty, Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, has died at 99.

Born November 25, 1915, she died a little over two months to her 100th birthday.

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