President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Chief (Mrs.) Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo on the occasion of her 99th birthday which comes up on Tuesday, November 25.
A statement signed Monday by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said Jonathan and his family join millions of admirers of the late nationalist, renowned political leader and sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in wishing his “Jewel of Inestimable Value” very happy birthday celebrations.
The President, Abati said,“prays that God Almighty will grant Chief (Mrs.) Awolowo many more years of worthy service as the matriarch and moral compass of the great Awolowo political dynasty which continues to play a commendable role in national development and progress.
“President Jonathan looks forward to personally participating in the celebration of Chief (Mrs.) Awolowo’s landmark 100th birthday next year to honour the highly-revered spouse of one of Nigeria’s famous founding fathers.
“He prays that God Almighty who has blessed Chief (Mrs.) Awolowo with remarkable longevity will grant her continued good health and very memorable birthday celebrations.”
The Yeye Odu’a and co-founder and chairman of African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) Plc, publishers of the Tribune titles, HID was born on November 25, 1915 in Ikenne-Remo. She was the First Lady of the old Western Region during her husband’s tenure as Premier from 1954 to 1960.