On Sunday May 31 :- His last journey home commenced when, his body arrived the National Stadium through the Oworonshoki-Oshodi-Apapa expressway. It was a wet day but that did not stop the crowd who were eager to see and even feel AWO. While the body was lying in state and the crowd were eager to see the body the organisers agreed that the
best option was that the pall bearers should carry the casket into the open,
from its covered podium. This was done on two occasions and even with that the
crowd were just not satisfied and not happy as they wanted to see and feel his
body, so they started singing, All we are saying gives us Awo. wife
Mrs. Hannah Idowu had to come out to acknowledge the cheers of the demanding
crowd and plead with them to bear, with them since it was raining.

On Friday, June 5:-  his body arrived Ibadan, probably to show respect that his political life started there. Ibadan received his body with salutes from their Dane-guns and shouts of Awo! The crowd was massive like never seen before; one will think that the entire Ibadan people left their homes for that honour. Everyone that has eyes, even if
crippled was there to say good bye to Awo. Roof tops, balconies and tree tops
were occupied. It was estimated that the crowd was over 4,000 on the street and
most of the invited dignitaries and family members were dressed in white. There
was a commendation service held in his honour at the liberty stadium in Ibadan,
with about 50,000 people in attendance.

Dr James Raphael Standing in front of Pa Awolowo Square

After the stadium, his body was received inside the church, by six member of the Wesley Group, (Awo was a life patron), the church sang. For all the saints who from their labours rest; as their processional hymn. Bishop E. A. Idowu of Lagos Cathedral read the scripture from Ecclesiastical Chapter 44 verse 1-4,7,11-15, during the fifty minutes
commendation service. Between 3.00 ; 3.10 p.m., there was a light shower of
rain while, the Bishop of the Ibadan Methodist Diocese; Bishop T.T Solaru, was
giving his sermon. At the Ibadan event, there were about 1000 policemen to help
control the crowd. The body was taken to his former office as Premier in the
, the parliament building in Agodi, were a special parliamentary session
was held in his honour with a funeral oration by the state Governor Colonel
Adetunji Olurin, who addressed him as the prophetic Jeremiah of Africa.

On Saturday, June 6th, the body left Lagos for the final journey to Ikenne where it lay in state. In Ikenne, mourners peacefully filled past his body. The Rosicrucian Order (AMORC)
performed their funeral rites on him, the members filed in, wearing bishop-like
robes, walked round the body. Their leader Kenneth U. Idiodi, Grand Regional
Administrator and President of the Rosicrucian Order in his funeral citation
explained that they believe in life after death. They presented to Mrs Awo her
husband apron of life. In all Awo had 14 orations. Relaxed as if he was sleeping
and smiling, he was laid in the golden casket and was placed in the monologue.
As his body was carried into the church, it was received with a rendition of
one of his favourite tunes: All hail the Power of Jesus

The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, the Most Reverend Timothy Olusofoye, in his sermon read from the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 13, verse 36, he recounted
Awo’s excellent works on earth. The church service ended by 1., the SAN Members mounted a guard of honour while the bishops and other officiating ministers filed past. By 1.30 pm the SANs wheeled the casket slowly on its final exit from the church, with the recessional hymn: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord” and the chorus:Glory, Glory Alleluia; Glory, Glory, Glory Alleluia; Glory, Glory Alleluia; His Truth is marching on; we all headed to the chapel-like mausoleum in his compound, his final resting place. The construction of the two level tomb was said to have cost about #400,000 then.

Source DrRaphaelJames

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