Former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has described Chief Mrs. HID Awolowo as a stabilizing force of the Yoruba race and a key contributor to the unity of Nigeria. Otunba Daniel in a goodwill message issued to commemorate the 97th birthday anniversary of the Matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty described her as a quiet contributor to the unity and progress of the Yoruba race in particular and Nigeria in general and an epitome of the best of womanhood who in spite of her age has remained a rallying and unifying force in the country.
“Chief Mrs. Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo is a personification of the good wife, the caring mother and the woman with enough deep conviction to weather the storm of life without giving up.
Indeed, Chief (Mrs.) H.I.D. Awolowo was never overawed in the face of calculated and concerted efforts to destroy whatever Chief Awolowo stood for.Chief (Mrs.) Awolowo was with her husband through thick and thin. She never wavered in her support for the good cause her husband stood for. And when Chief Obafemi Awolowo described her as his “Jewel of Inestimable value” there was general concurrence in the polity that it was a fitting tribute to a
woman of courage and solid pedigree. It is to the credit of Mama that after the departure of Papa, she has been able to hold the Awolowo dynasty together and continue to contribute to the unity and development of the country,” Otunba Daniel who described Chief Mrs. Awolowo as the mother of the Yoruba Nation said.
He said Chief Mrs. Awolowo’s life of total dedication to her family, solid support for her husband, and moral chastity is worth celebrating. Otunba Daniel also prayed that God will continue to keep her in good health.