President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday congratulated Chief Hannah Awolowo as she clocks 99.
Mrs. Awolowo, the widow of the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, will be 99 years old on Tuesday.
Jonathan’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.
Abati said the President looked forward to personally participating in the celebration of Mrs. Awolowo’s landmark 100th birthday next year to honour her.
The statement read, “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan heartily congratulates Chief (Mrs.) Hannah Dideolu Awolowo on the joyous occasion of her 99th birthday anniversary, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
“President 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 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.”