Ribadu, Aregbesola Mourns Tinubu’s Mum
The 2011 presidential flag bearer of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has described the death of mother of ACN 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 nonagenarian 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.”
Similarly, the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola described death of Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji has been described a loss in a mother in a million.
In a statement issued and signed on behalf of Governor Aregbesola by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola said the death of the Tinubu matriarch would leave a big vacuum both in politics and commercial sector of not only Lagos State but Nigeria at large.
Aregbesola said Madam Mogaji led a life of substance worthy of emulation.
“Mama Abibat Mogaji was a mother in a million. We commiserate with children, particularly Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and others for the great loss.
“We commiserate the Oba of Lagos, HRH Rilwan Akiolu, the Mogaji Family, the people of Lagos, particularly Alhaji Femi Okunnu; the party (ACN); the government of Lagos, market men and women in Nigeria and Lagos in particular.
“We pray that God gives them the fortitude to bear the loss and we pray God grants her Aljana Firdaus,” Aregbesola said.
He also extended the condolence of the government and people of Osun to the immediate and extended families of Tinubu and other well-wishers.
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