It said a gem like her would be too difficult to replace.

Its leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, in a statement in Akure yesterday said the nation has lost a great soul, who dedicated her life to the development of the nation, especially the Western Region.

He said the late matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty stood by her husband, adding that she remained the pillar of the family after her husband’s death.

In its tribute, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) said Mrs Awolowo’s death has created a vacuum not only in the Yoruba race but the entire nation.

Its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, lauded her for her statesmanship and motherly concern for the unity and peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians.

The ACF noted that since the death of her husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1987, “Mama has been the rallying point of the Yoruba”.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State  said a glorious chapter has been closed in a progressive family that impacted positively on the lives of many Nigerians.

The party said Mama Awolowo lived a fruitful life that would remain indelible in the nation’s history.

In a statement in Lagos by its Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, the party said Mama Awolowo complemented her husband’s progressive ideals and left remarkable footprints on the Nigerian polity.

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