Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has warned Nigerian politicians against playing politics with the death of Chief (Mrs) Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo.
The governor, who gave the warning when he visited the Awolowo’s Ikenne-Remo residence in Ogun State on Friday, said the deceased should not be celebrated for political capital.
Accompanied on the condolence visit by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP/Bayelsa East Senatorial District), Fayose advised politicians to instead sustain the legacies of the late HID’s and that of her late husband and former Premier of the old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
Since the matriarch of Awolowo family died last Saturday at the age of 99, the Awolowo’s Ikenne home has become a beehive of activities with politicians, groups, individuals, friends, family and others falling over themselves to pay their condolence to the family.
Prominent Nigerians that have visited the Awolowos in the past week are former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is a grand-son-in-law to the late HID Awolowo; a presidential delegation led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Lt.-Gen. T.Y Danjuma (retd.) and his wife, Senator Daisy Danjuma; prominent industrialist, Dr Oba Otudeko; the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana, who was represented by the Osi Olubadan, Senator Lekan Balogun; among others too numerous to mention.
But Fayose stressed that visiting the Awolowos should not just be a one-off thing aimed at scoring cheap political points and making publicity stunts.
“One thing I like to remind all politicians; it is in our way to make politics out of people’s lives, to celebrate them for political reasons”, he said.
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