Obasanjo condoles with Bishop Kukah, begs God for Nigeria

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Friday, condoled with Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah over the death of his mother, Janet Hauwa Kukah.

Obasanjo thanked God for the memory of all mothers who were virtuous women in their lifetime.

“We thank them for their steadfast love for us, for their generosity and self-sacrifice. May they know now of our appreciation and love as we build our own lives on the foundations of the example they left to us”, he said.

In his condolence message released to Newspot by his spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo described the deceased as a worthy gift to Nigeria and humanity.

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The former President commended Kukah’s love and attention given to his mother which he noted enabled her to live for as long as 86 years.

He commended Kukah’s great sense of family, “particularly at this time when the foundations of the family is threatened by all sorts of distractions”.

Obasanjo told Kukah that the fact that his mum lived so long “is proof that, on your part, you loved and honoured your mother as God commanded us to do. Having shared in the passion and death of our Lord, may God grant her a share in the kingdom with Christ after His resurrection.

“As we mourn your mother, may God grant us all that she has left behind the Grace to cease to live for ourselves and live for Him, who for our sake died and was raised to life; He who was never sick Himself but took upon Himself our sicknesses that we may be healed; He who assumed our guilt as His own, whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.”

Obasanjo, however, beseeched God for Nigeria’s unity and healing to overcome its problems.

“I pray that God, who is the physician of men and of nations, the restorer of the years that have been destroyed, may look upon the distractions of our country and the divisions of our people and be pleased to stretch forth His healing hand and draw all of us unto Him and to one another by the bands of His love so that, as one united country, we may fulfil His purpose and glorify His name.”

He further prayed that God grants the cleric’s mother a perfect rest and continue to preserve Kukah “as Mama’s offspring for the benefit of family, community, nation and humanity.”

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