The Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) has commiserated with former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the death of his mother, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji who passed on Saturday evening at 96 years of age.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu described Alhaja Abibatu’s death as a big loss, saying she would be sorely missed by members of her family, the people of Lagos State and indeed all Nigerians.
The forum described the late Iyaloja of Lagos as a towering business and women’s rights figure who not only brought tremendous change to the business and political landscape of Lagos but of Nigeria and beyond.
“Coming at this time of unprecedented security and socio-economic challenges, when the guidance and advice of all our great leaders like Alhaja Abibatu are needed, her death is a big loss,” the forum said in a condolence message signed by Governor Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo.
The forum, however, urged Nigerians to be comforted by the fact that the great values she left behind would serve as a guiding light not only to the people of Lagos but to the entire nation.
The forum prayed God to grant eternal rest to the soul of the Tinubu matriarch, and to provide succor for the bereaved family members and the entire people of Lagos State
Also, Hon Bimbo Daramola, representing Ekiti North Fed Constituency 1, Dep Chairman MDGs Committee in a tribute said “Just early this (Saturday) afternoon I heard the news of the passage of Mama Abibat Mogaji, the respected Iyaloja of Lagos and mother of our leader Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s mother. While it can be rightly said that the death of Mama is what we yorubas refer to as “Oku olomo”. The truth remains that the death of any loved one is always very painful. The life and times of mama commends to us the real reasons why We should live a life that has strong positive references; mama’s life was such.
“How many are we going to talk about? Raising a man like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu? Standing by and with a son that has the steely resilience and courage like Asiwaju through the dark days of military dictatorship and the present dangers of living through a country that should have been free from shackles of inept leadership as we have foisted upon us today, stretching the attributes of mama further, nobody can ignore the capacity of woman who rose to become the Iyaloja of Lagos and kept that position for decades until her transition. This is an eloquent testimony to her legendary success as a businesswoman of repute, it can not be a mean feat to be the leader of women in commerce in the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria.
Daramola added “All factors considered, Mama must possess some attributes that Asiwaju has imbibed and all that has made him who he is to the eternal benefit of positive opposition in an environment where the dominant putrefaction of the majority party is threatening to choke democracy in Nigeria. I am sure we have Mama to thank God for this strident voice in the wilderness. We
must celebrate Mama because she can be appreciated by her own achievements as a person but much more from the perspective of a son she sired to Nigeria nay lovers of democracy all over ther world. I join many other admirers to celebrate this woman of purpose and wish her Aljana firdaus. Odigbosee Maa Asiwaju.”
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