Speaker of the House of Representative, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has described the death of Alhaja Abibatu Asabi Mogaji, mother of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who passed away Saturday evening, as a painful loss which has created a vacuum in the ranks of philanthropic Nigerians. In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal described the deceased as a committed nationalist who gave all for the unity, progress and development of the nation. Tambuwal said as family members, friends and associates mourn Alhaja Abibat, they should be comforted by the knowledge that the renowned Market Leader lived a life full of many indelible achievements and notable contributions to development of Lagos State in particular and Nigeria in general. The Speaker said the deceased “was an uncommon gift to Nigeria. And we will continue to cherish her love and affection”. He added: “Alhaja Abibat’s love for the people, her concern for equity and justice will remain evergreen with us.” While praying to Allah to reward her good deeds with Jannat, Tambuwal prayed to God give the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Also, the 2011 presidential flag bearer of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has described the death of mother of CAN national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Alhajat Abibatu Mogaji as drawing a curtain unto an era of “courageous women movement that characterised independence struggle and beyond, in Nigeria.
A statement by Ribadu’s media aide, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz last night in Abuja quoted the former EFCC boss as expressing sorrow and shock over the death of the renowned women leader who he described as “the last of exemplary amazons”
According to him, the deceased’s doggedness, resilience and selfless community service were virtues that would remain indelible in the face of Nigeria’s history and non-state movements in black Africa in general.
Ribadu, who also hailed the entrepreneurship acumen of the deceased nonagerian, said the late Alhajat Mogaji was not only a successful businesswoman, as “she carried many budding entrepreneurs under her wings into building their own financial empires”.
Her death, he said, was not only a loss to her immediate family or the people of Lagos state. “Personally, I considered her as a mother-figure and source of inspiration who remained a devout Muslim and committed to improving lives of others up to the time she breathed her last. She was a true nationalist and a bridge builder. We will miss her a lot,” Ribadu said in the statement.
The ACN chieftain, who prayed for the repose of Mrs Tinubu’s soul, extended his “profound condolence to the immediate family, the government and people of Lagos state and Nigerian market women and the entire Nigerians.”