ABUJA—President Goodluck Jonathan, state governors and other eminent Nigerians, yesterday, continued to mourn the death of the Publisher and Vice Chairman of the African Newspaper, publishers of Nigerian Tribune newspapers, Evangelist Oluwole Awolowo, saying his demise was a loss not only to the late Obafemi Awolowo’s family, but to all the supporters of the late sage.
This came as Segun, one of the grand-children of the late sage, said the news of the death of the only surviving son of the family Chief Oluwole Awolowo, had devastated the matriarch, Mrs. H. I. D. Awolowo.
The news, Vanguard gathered, had worsened the health condition of the nonagenarian, who was said to have been kept in the dark during the illness of his late son.
The family members were said to have become confused on how to break the news to their mother. According to Segun Awolowo, some men of God were said to have been used to break the news.
Telling HID Awolowo
Vanguard correspondent, who was at the Ikenne home of the Awolowos, gathered that former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and a Vicar of Our Saviour Anglican Church, Ikenne-Remo, Ven. Folusho Babatunji, and other men of God were used by the deceased sisters Tola Oyediran and Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu to break the news to Mama Awolowo.
It was further gathered that Governor Ibikunle Amosun of the state, joined them in breaking the sad news to HID who was said to have been devastated.
A family source told Vanguard that immediately the news filtered into the country, all mass communication media such as radio, television and newspapers were taken away from the aged woman to prevent her from getting the information about the death of her only son.
Speaking with newsmen at the family house yesterday, Segun Awolowo, said the family received the news of the death of Oluwole Awolowo with saddened heart.
He said: “We received it with saddened heart. But thank God he has gone to rest because he had been in pain. The sad thing is that mama is still alive. But we give glory to the God.”
On how the family got the news, the grandson of the family said: “His eldest daughter, Yejide, had been in London with him in the hospital. We had been communicating. She called me and broke the news.”
Reacting to the question on how the aged mother received the news, he said: “She was devastated. She had been trying to get across to him. But since she had been in the hospital we had
been hiding his condition from her. But it had become unavoidable. She is devastated.
“Well he has children and it is a great loss. Like I said, we move on. He had been bed-ridden two years ago with various illnesses. So we thank God that he made him rest.”
He hinted that the remains of Oluwole Awolowo would soon arrive the country for burial, saying “as soon as possible. That is going to be the family decision and together with the Church everything will be arranged as soon as possible.”