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Awo’s free education changed my life-Pastor Tunde Bakare
Pastor Tunde Bakare benefitted from Awo's free education

Awo’s free education changed my life-Pastor Tunde Bakare

Story By Harold Udoka

Pastor Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly, said he would have become a carpenter but for the free education policy of the first premier of Western Region, late Chief Obafemi Awolowo warning politicians not to put on sale the legacies of the late sage.

He disclosed this in his sermon at the service of thanksgiving held in Ikenne-Remo in honour of the late matriarch of the Awolowos, Chief (Mrs) HID Awolowo.

The cleric said Awolowo’s free education saved him and numerous other Nigerians from twin evil of poverty and illiteracy.

According to him, he had started learning carpentry before he was eventually enrolled at school by his former teacher.

“If not for Awolowo’s free education, I won’t be here tonight. I’m standing on the legacy of Awolowo. This legacy is not for sale. That legacy cannot be bought by men,” Bakare said.

The cleric, who stated that Mrs Awolowo “fought a good fight and finished her course,” enjoined the family to continue to sustain her legacies.

The event was attended by wife of the vice president, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of Ogun State governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, and Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, among others.

Earlier, prominent Yoruba socio-cultural and political groups yesterday poured encomiums on the late matriarch of the Awolowos, Chief (Mrs) HID Awolowo, saying she will be greatly missed by Nigerians.

The Yoruba groups, which converged on the Efunyela Hall, Ikenne-Remo home of the Awolowos to pay glowing tributes, included Afenifere, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF) and Oodua Foundation.

Dignitaries at the event included former Ogun State governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Senator Adegbenga Kaka, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi, Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, Chief Idowu Sofola (SAN), Senator Femi Okurounmu, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Chief Seinde Arogbofa, Senator Tony Adefuye, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and Mr Jimi Agbaje.

Daniel in his remarks said he would miss the deceased, whom he described as a special kind of person.

“We are very proud and we give thanks for how far she came. It is not easy to live up to almost 100 years, in spite of the stress she went through; that she could hold her own for long after Papa had gone was a marvel. She held the fort admirably. We will miss her in every way for a long time. I have lost a mother,” he said.

 

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