Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has joined well-meaning Nigerians in mourning the passage of the scion of Awolowo family, Chief Oluwole Awolowo.
Aregbesola said the death of the surviving son of the late sage was a big blow not only to the immediate family but also the entire Awolowo political dynasty, South-West and the nation as a whole.
In a statement issued on Thursday by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola said the death of Chief Oluwole Awolowo came as a rude shock.
According to Aregbesola, until his last breadth on earth, Oluwole proved that he was a successful businessman, administrator and leader of people.
“During his life time, Chief Oluwole Awolowo was a shrewd business man, who excelled in that calling; astute administrator, a devout family man and a firm believer in selfless service to his people.
“He was a rallying point in the dynasty of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
“For many years after the departure of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, he had remained a pillar of strength to Mama HID Awolowo, performing, so to speak, the role of son and father figure to the matriarch.
“On behalf of myself, government and the people of the State of Osun, I offer our heartfelt condolences to the entire Awolowo family, government and people of Ogun State, the Tribune titles’ Management, Awolowo political family, South-West and Nigeria as a whole.
“We pray that Almighty God give his soul eternal rest,”” Aregbesola said.
BY TIMOTHY AGBOR/OSOGBO